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Harvey Weinstein

Ready for Big Law's #MeToo Moment?

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

It should go without saying that Harvey Weinstein's alleged behavior was horrible, despicable, repulsive—not to mention, illegal. That much is clear. Not so clear is whether the revelations about Weinstein are truly that meaningful—and whether it will have lasting impact.

Peter Bruzzese, strategic technical consultant at cloud email security and archiving company Mimecast, at ALM's LegalWeek Strategic Technology Forum.

An Inside Look at How Cooley, Davies Manage Cybersecurity

By Ian Lopez |

Technology professionals at Cooley and Davies discuss the cyber issues impacting law firms and their clients.

Harvey Weinstein poses for photographers upon arrival at the amfAR charity gala during the Cannes 70th international film festival, Cap d'Antibes, southern France, Thursday, May 25, 2017. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

A Behind-the-Scenes Legal Battle at a Nonprofit Foretold Weinstein Sex Saga

By Miriam Rozen |

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner Orin Snyder and Texas trial lawyer Thomas Ajamie squared off in a boardroom drama at a prominent charity within the past year. Their imbroglio would underscore the means by which one of Hollywood’s most powerful individuals used his power.

Hogan Lovells' Washington, D.C., offices.

Hogan Lovells Beefs Up Securities Group in NY

By Scott Flaherty |

Picking up three former Bracewell lawyers, Hogan Lovells has expanded its securities litigation group in New York.

Attendees at a London launch event for

Reed Smith Partner Launches 'Club 1973' for Women in Private Equity

By Miriam Rozen |

A report this month found that the proportion of senior private equity roles held by women has dropped to 9 percent from closer to 12 percent in 2016.

Christopher Bogart, CEO,Burford Capital.

Burford Capital Ready to Capture Asia's Arbitration Funding Market

By Anna Zhang |

Chief executive Christopher Bogart talks about the excitement and challenges of the Asia market and the firm's plans for Singapore and Hong Kong.

U.S. Federal Trade Commission building. October 16, 2012. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Paul Weiss Antitrust Leader Is Trump's Pick for FTC Chair

By Mike Scarcella |

Joseph Simons, co-chairman of the antitrust group at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, is the Trump administration's nominee to lead the Federal Trade Commission, the White House said Thursday.

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Ex-Crowell Leader Quits Firm Amid Questions Over Direction

By Christine Simmons |

Styles' abrupt departure this week is unusual. The firm said last week that the term of the chair begins in March.

Cozen O'Connor Grabs Ex-San Diego Office Leader from Jackson Lewis

By Lizzy McLellan |

Pennsylvania-based Cozen O'Connor is looking to grow its labor and employment practice in California.

Law Firms See Options Grow in Real Estate Market Shift

By Lizzy McLellan |

Law firms are about to see their rent go down, except those moving into the newest, most premium space.

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Ex-Cadwalader Partner Behind Nearly $649M Irish IPO

By Rose Walker |

Justin Bickle is a founder and CEO of Glenveagh Properties plc, an Irish homebuilding company that raised €550 million last week through an initial public offering in Dublin and London.

Johnny Depp at the U.S. premiere of 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, USA on May 18, 2017.

Johnny Depp Takes Aim At Ex-Lawyers In Malpractice Suit

By Scott Flaherty |

Actor Johnny Depp has accused his former lawyers at the Beverly Hills, California-based Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman of negligence and illegally collecting millions of dollars in contingent legal fees.

EU flags blown by wind in front of the European Commission Headquarters, also know as the Berlaymont building, on March 16, 2016 in Brussels.

EU Seeks Stronger Enforcement Under Privacy Shield

By Ben Hancock |

The European Commission on Wednesday gave a thumbs-up to the “Privacy Shield” agreement that allows U.S. companies to transfer EU personal data outside of the bloc, following the first annual review of the pact. But the commission also urged U.S. authorities to more proactively monitor companies’ compliance with the terms of the deal.

Alex Azar II.

Ex-Wiley Rein Partner Alex Azar Tops List to Be Next HHS Secretary

By Sue Reisinger |

Alex Azar II, a former Wiley Rein partner who served four years as general counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the leading candidate to head the department, according to several accounts citing sources familiar with the matter.

Lisa Mayhew Berwin Leighton Paisner Therese Pritchard Bryan Cave

With BLP Merger, Bryan Cave Would Get Bigger. But Will It Be Better?

By Roy Strom |

Partners wary about a "merge until youy're mega" strategy will have to decide whether a pitch by firm leaders stressing innovation and practice group synergies is enough to approve a deal.

Dentons offices in Washington, D.C., at 1900 K Street, N.W. March 30, 2017.

Dentons Snags Joseph Mohorovic, Republican at Consumer Product Agency

By C. Ryan Barber |

Joseph Mohorovic, an Obama-appointed Republican on the Consumer Product Safety Commission, is leaving the agency to join Dentons, where he will split his time between the Chicago and Washington offices as a principal working on regulatory and compliance matters.

United States' Christian Pulisic, (10) is comforted after losing 2-1 against Trinidad and Tobago during a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match  in Couva, Trinidad, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Amid US Soccer Turmoil, A Big Firm Lawyer Eyes Changes

By Meghan Tribe |

Steven Gans, a partner at Boston-based Prince Lobel Tye, wants to become the next president of the U.S. Soccer Federation. And he has some ideas for how to revive this country's player development program.

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More Mergers–and Merger Whispers–Keep Firms on Their Toes

By Miriam Rozen |

Few observers expect law firm mergers to stop dominating legal industry headlines anytime soon. The volume of announced deals is poised to break records this year, and legal consultants say the number of firms engaged in undisclosed negotiations is also on the rise—making early intelligence about potential mergers an especially hot commodity.

(Left to right): Jorge Enrique Hernandez Marin, Miguel Angel Hernandez Romo, Miguel Angel Hernandez Romo Valencia and Carlos Gerardo Barojas Flores of Gardere Wynne Sewell.

Gardere Acquires Five-Lawyer Boutique in Mexico City

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Dallas-based Gardere Wynne Sewell has expanded in Mexico City after absorbing the five-lawyer commercial arbitration and litigation boutique Bufete Hernandez Romo.

Digital Advertising.

How In-House Counsel Can Mitigate Digital Advertising Risks

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

For many companies, a major piece of their marketing strategy now includes digital advertising. And while this offers an excellent tool for building a brand, there are a number of risks to consider.

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Senior Mayer Brown Partner Leaves Firm To Launch IP Boutique

By Chris Johnson |

Mayer Brown's global brand management and internet practice co-head Brian Winterfeldt has left the firm alongside four attorneys to establish an intellectual property boutique in Washington, DC.

Michele Meyer-Shipp, chief diversity and inclusion officer with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

Akin Gump Hires Former Prudential Exec for New Diversity Position

By Scott Flaherty |

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld tapped former Prudential Financial Inc. vice president and chief diversity officer Michele Meyer-Shipp, a recognized corporate diversity advocate, to serve as the global law firm's first chief for diversity and inclusion.

Singapore.

U.K.'s Woodsford Litigation Funding Enters Singapore Market

By Anna Zhang |

The London-based legal financier is launching its first Asian office.

Outside Counsel Diversity Initiatives Force Companies to Confront Norms

By Erin Mulvaney |

Leading in-house counsel, speaking at the Association of Corporate Counsel annual meeting in Washington, open up about their experiences and observations in pushing for outside counsel programs that encourage law firms to embrace diversity. The latest diversity scorecard from The American Lawyer showed diversity numbers at the country's largest firms remained nearly flat between 2015 and 2016.

General Data Protection Regulation.

What In-House Counsel Are Doing to Prepare for the GDPR

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

With the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation set to go into effect in less than a year, companies and in-house counsel have been considering the implications—and the massive potential fines—for some time now. The May 2018 date is looming, so what are legal departments doing to prepare?

Justin Daniels

Baker Donelson Accelerator Adds Cybersecurity Automation Company WitFoo

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The company will join the accelerator program in Baker Donelson's Atlanta office.

Erika Levin

Lewis Baach Recruits Partner from Litigation Funder

By Roy Strom |

Erika Levin knows from the inside how litigation funders work. Now she’ll put that to use in private practice.

Mark Lanier, The Lanier Firm.

Judge to Bring in FBI and US Attorney After Plaintiffs Lawyer Suggests Witness Tampering in Hip Implant Trial

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A federal judge said he would bring in the U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI to interview witnesses after plaintiffs attorney Mark Lanier raised concerns Monday about possible witness tampering in a hip implant bellwether trial in Dallas.

Evan Greebel and Martin Shkreli

Line Between Lawyer Ethics and Crime to Highlight Ex-Big Law Partner's Trial

By Christine Simmons |

Legal ethicists are expected to take the stand at a trial starting this week against for Evan Greebel, a former Kaye Scholer and Katten Muchin Rosenman partner facing federal conspiracy charges for his role advising disgraced hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli.

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NY's Rockland County Sues Nixon Peabody in $8.8M Malpractice Suit

By Scott Flaherty |

The sewer district in New York's Rockland County is looking for more than $8.8 million in a malpractice lawsuit alleging its former law firm, Nixon Peabody, botched a long-running eminent domain dispute.

Michael Grimm

This Ex-Congressman Wiped Out Six-Figure Big Law Debt

By Miriam Rozen |

Michael Grimm, who once threatened to throw a reporter off a Capitol Hill balcony, somehow managed to shed a six-figure debt to Squire Patton Boggs.

India gate.

India's Bharucha & Partners To Merge With Delhi Firm

By Anna Zhang |

The spin-off from legacy Amarchand Mangaldas will expand its offerings in intellectual property litigation and white-collar defense work.

Three Hong Kong student protest leaders, from left, Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow walk out from a magistrate's court in Hong Kong, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. They have avoided prison time for leading or encouraging an illegal rally that sparked huge pro-democracy street protests two years ago as a magistrate sentenced them to community service on Monday. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Gibson Dunn Partner, Other Lawyers Warn of Threat to Rule of Law in Hong Kong

By Staff |

A dozen barristers and judges, including Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher London partner Charlie Falconer, QC, penned an open letter on Sunday criticizing a Hong Kong court’s decision to send three student activists to prison for unlawful assembly.

PwC: Law Firms Are Falling Behind on Technology, Client Expectations

By Chris Johnson |

A new report by the Big Four accounting giant has found that Big Law firms are failing to adequately invest in cutting-edge technologies.

Berwin Leighton Paisner

Bryan Cave, Big British Firm BLP Confirm Merger Talks

By Staff |

Berwin Leighton Paisner, which discussed a combination with Greenberg Traurig in 2016, is now mulling a potential union with Bryan Cave.

Jones Day.

Jones Day's Dana Baiocco, Trump Pick for Product Safety Agency, Reveals Partner Pay

By C. Ryan Barber |

Jones Day partner Dana Baiocco, a co-founder of the firm's Boston office whom the Trump administration picked to flip the Consumer Product Safety Commission to a Republican majority, on Monday reported earning $1.2 million in partner compensation and disclosed a client list that included Lyft Inc., Volkswagen AG and Major League Baseball.

Harvard Cover on the left and David Wilkins on the right.

Black Harvard Law Grads Are Doing Fine (Mostly)

By Vivia Chen |

We know the number of blacks in the profession is still abysmal, but what about those who graduate from tippy-top law schools? Do they enjoy an advantage?

Phil Inglima, left, and Angela B. Styles, right, partners with Crowell & Moring.

Crowell & Moring Votes Out First-Term Leader

By Brian Baxter and Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Two years after Crowell & Moring named government contracts partner Angela Styles its new leader, the firm is poised to pass that role to Philip Inglima, a member of Crowell & Moring's white-collar and regulatory enforcement group.

Robert Hays

King & Spalding Sees Early Court Wins in Litigation Alleging Misconduct

By Christine Simmons |

Former associate David Joffe alleges that he was fired by King & Spalding in retaliation for reporting unethical conduct.

Firm Culture, Flexibility Key in Retaining Millennial Attorneys

By Rhys Dipshan |

A session of Thomson Reuters’ Law Firm Leaders Forum discussed the way law firms can change to meet the novel needs of their newest employees.

Lessons from Equifax: The Peril of Being 'Too Slow'

By C. Ryan Barber |

Lawyers at a cybersecurity conference in Washington look for lessons in Equifax's response to the company's data breach. "The right actions were taken and the right evaluations were made. But in today's world—too slow," one lawyer says.

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Despite Court Error, Dechert Still on Hook for Seafood Company's $1.8M Loss

By Lizzy McLellan |

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has revived a legal malpractice suit against Dechert, ruling that the firm could have done more to prevent a court's legal error in Tahiti.

Tech Isn’t a Silver Bullet for Adapting to Competitive Market

By Rhys Dipshan |

At the Thomson Reuters’ Law Firm Leaders Forum in New York, legal professionals discussed the holistic approach firms need to take to embrace efficient legal service delivery.

Ropes & Gray's Washington, D.C. offices. August 29, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Ropes & Gray Issues Bonuses to Retain Associates Amid Lateral Raids

By Rose Walker |

The Boston-based Am Law 100 firm is paying big money to hold on to junior lawyers that were part of teams that left its ranks in recent months.

Reuben Guttman of Guttman Buschner & Brooks. February 19, 2014.

Ex-Grant & Eisenhofer Lawyer Blasts Claims He Stole Whistleblower Client

By Scott Flaherty |

Denying allegations that he stole a lucrative whistleblower client on his way out of Grant & Eisenhofer, former director Reuben Guttman on Tuesday accused the plaintiffs firm of rehashing old claims and using a recent breach-of-contract lawsuit to sully his reputation.

Dubai, UAE

UAE Firm, Ex-Big Law Partner's Shop Unite for London Launch

By Rose Walker |

Peter Gray, a former partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Dubai who was suspended from the firm in 2015 for his role in a dispute with a Djibouti businessman, is merging his small firm with an outfit from the United Arab Emirates.

A firefighter hoses down a house burning in Santa Rosa, Calif., Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through Northern California sending residents on a headlong flight to safety through smoke and flames as homes burned. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

California Lawyers Respond to Wine Country Fire Devastation

By Ross Todd and Ben Hancock |

When the smoke clears from the wildfires burning across Northern California’s wine country—if it ever does—there will be a lot of work to help the region and its residents recover.

Matt Kaiser with daughter Zoe in Denali National Park this summer.

For Two Top DC Lawyers, Time Away Helped Soothe the Soul

By Katelyn Polantz |

Two name partners at Washington, D.C.-based boutiques took sabbaticals within the past year to spend more time with their families. These are their travel stories.

Edward Davis

Brown Rudnick Lands Longtime Mayer Brown Partner in NY

By Meghan Tribe |

The Boston-based Am Law 200 firm has bolstered its Big Apple base by recruiting the co-chair of Mayer Brown's financial institutions M&A group.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission headquarters.

Ruling Boosts SEC's Insider Trading Case Against Former Big Law Clerk

By Charles Toutant |

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been granted partial summary judgment in its case against former Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett employee Steven Metro, who faces a $2 million penalty for sharing information about pending mergers and acquisitions involving clients of his firm.

PwC Launches On-Demand Flexible Lawyering Service for Clients

By Alex Berry |

PwC has launched a new flexible lawyering service as part of its ‘New Law’ offering for large in-house legal teams.

Demonstrators in Philadelphia participate in a rally against white nationalism and other forms of racism and hate organized by the interfaith advocacy organization POWER, Aug. 16, 2017.

Cooley, Boies Schiller, Kaplan Sue White Supremacists Over Charlottesville

By Cogan Schneier |

Lawyers including Roberta Kaplan and Karen Dunn sued white supremacy groups for conspiracy in connection with the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 11 and 12.

Squire Patton Boggs.

Squire Patton Boggs Latest Big Law Firm to Quit Ukraine

By hris Johnson |

The global legal giant, citing a restructuring of its operations in the region, has become the fourth large law firm to pull out of Ukraine in the past four years.

Harvey Weinstein

Veteran DC Whistleblower Lawyer Says She Reps 'Good Guy' in Weinstein Scandal

By C. Ryan Barber |

As Harvey Weinstein became engulfed in scandal over allegations of sexual harassment, Washington-based whistleblower lawyer Debra Katz found herself representing a longtime executive who reportedly had confronted the influential Hollywood producer about his alleged misconduct.

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Crowell & Moring Adds Arent Fox IP Duo in California

By Meghan Tribe |

The firm has landed litigators Arthur Beeman and Joel Muchmore, both of whom are the latest in a series of lateral recruits by the Washington, D.C.-based shop so far this year.

Citi: First-Half Results Largely Met Firm Leaders' Projections

By David Altuna and Gretta Rusanow, Citi Private Bank |

Comparing the first-half Law Firm Leaders Confidence report to the Citi Law Watch Quarterly Flash report for the first half, released in August, we found some accurate or near accurate predictions and some notable differences, particularly as to how well law firm leaders expected their firms to perform.

Scott Thomas of Winston & Strawn.

With Conflict Resolved, Dallas Litigator Finally Moves to Winston & Strawn

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

With a conflict finally resolved months after he left Fish & Richardson in Dallas, trial lawyer Scott Thomas has finally moved to Winston & Strawn’s new Dallas office as a partner.

Seeger Weiss Asks for $70M in Fees as Co-Lead NFL Concussion Class Counsel

By Max Mitchell |

Chris Seeger, one of the lawyers leading class counsel in the settlement has made a $70 million fee request on behalf of his firm, Seeger Weiss, which he outlined Tuesday in a 22-page declaration to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

David Boies, Chairman of the law firm Boies, Schiller and Flexner LLP, speaks during the ABA Conference panel discussion on

David Boies to Stay the Course for Longtime Client Weinstein

By Miriam Rozen |

The Boies Schiller Flexner chairman has adopted a conciliatory tone about Weinstein's negotiations with the film studio that bears his name.

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Judge Hands Two-Year Sentence to Ex-Herrick Tax Head

By Brian Baxter |

Four months after pleading guilty to tax charges, former Herrick, Feinstein partner Harold Levine was sentenced Wednesday to 24 months in prison for his role in a scheme to defraud the IRS.

Eric Hargan, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee to be Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  June 7, 2017.

Former Greenberg Traurig Partner Named as Acting HHS Secretary

By Kristen Rasmussen |

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that Eric Hargan will serve as HHS’ acting secretary, less than a week after the U.S. Senate confirmed him as deputy secretary, the agency’s No. 2 spot. His financial disclosure forms revealed his former clients and his income at the firm.

Survey: Legal Departments Not Meeting L&E Budgets

By Rebekah Mintzer |

A new survey from Proskauer Rose shows how legal departments are handling labor and employment budgets and staffing.

First-Ever Ranking of Alternative Legal Service Provider Brands—and the Big Four Aren't On Top

By Chris Johnson |

Thomson Reuters took the No. 1 spot.

Randy Evans, partner, Dentons US

Randy Evans, Trump's Pick for Ambassador to Luxembourg, Earned $2.8M at Dentons

By Meredith Hobbs |

J. Randolph Evans' financial disclosure form also reveals his ties to businesses run by Newt Gingrich and his daughter, as well as clients such as U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa and former Fox News co-president Bill Shine.

Craig Courter

LeClairRyan Swallows New Practice With Pizzo & Haman Merger

By Katelyn Polantz |

The firm has absorbed Pizzo & Haman, a 23-strong workers' compensation boutique.

Craig Courter

Katten Hires Longtime Baker McKenzie, Perkins Coie Executive

By Roy Strom |

Craig Courter joins Katten Muchin Rosenman with more than 15 years of experience at fellow Am Law 100 firms.

Joel Sanders and family members head into court for his sentencing today.

In Unusual Sentence, Ex-Dewey & LeBoeuf CFO Avoids Jail Time

By Christine Simmons |

A New York state judge on Tuesday imposed a $1 million fine and 750 hours of community service for Joel Sanders, the convicted former chief financial officer at now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf.

Tomorrow’s Lawyers, book by Richard Susskind.

Susskind on the Evolution of Legal Services

By Richard Susskind |

Richard Susskind outlines the evolution of legal services into four distinct categories in this second installment of the serialization of excerpts from his book, "Tomorrow's Lawyers."

Tomorrow’s Lawyers, book by Richard Susskind.

How To Avoid Becoming Irrelevant in a Fast-Changing Legal Market

By Chris Johnson |

Big Law firms must adapt to survive. Author Richard Susskind says if done right, law firms can "even make money while they sleep."

Hogan Lovells Closes Up Shop in Ulaanbaatar

By Rose Walker |

The managing partner of the Global 100 firm's office in the Mongolian capital, where it opened in 2010, is poised to set up a new local firm.

Norton Rose Fulbright Gives Sixth Term to Current Leader

By Joseph Evans |

Peter Martyr, CEO of global legal giant Norton Rose Fulbright, will start a new three-year term as firm leader on Jan. 1, 2018.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

Kilpatrick Townsend Expands With New Houston Office

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Atlanta's Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton opens office in Houston with 13 construction-law laterals from Coats Rose.

How Law Firms Can Minimize Write-Downs

By Nancy Jessen |

As realization rates slip, UnitedLex's Nancy Jessen explains how law firms can limit the work they have to write off.

Baker & McKenzie offices in New York.

Baker McKenzie Hires Former Nike Trade Counsel Amid Rising Tension Between US and China

By Anna Zhang |

Partner Jon Cowley joins the firm's San Francisco office before relocating to Hong Kong in January.

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Baker McKenzie Brand Twice As Strong As Any Other Law Firm's

By Chris Johnson |

A new survey by the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index measures how in-house counsel at billion-dollar global organizations perceive law firm brands.

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Baker McKenzie Brand Twice as Strong as Any Other Law Firm’s, New Survey Finds

By Chris Johnson |

The Acritas Global Elite Brand Index measures how in-house counsel at billion-dollar global organizations perceive law firm brands.

Linklaters Lawyer Assumes Managing Partner Role at Affiliated Chinese Firm

By Joseph Evans |

London-based legal giant Linklaters is awaiting regulatory approval for a joint operation with Chinese “best friend” firm Zhao Sheng, which is now led by former Linklaters counsel and consultant Eric Liu.

What Happens to Kirkland's Legions of Income Partners?

By Roy Strom |

Kirkland & Ellis makes up a lot of partners. Most of them don’t stay at the firm longer than five years. So where do they go?

Bruce Sewell, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Apple, Inc., testifies before the House Judiciary Committee during a hearing titled

Apple's Bruce Sewell: 'I'm Done With Being a GC'

By Stephanie Forshee |

Sewell, whose departure from Apple was announced last week, reflected on the company's evolving legal department, iPhone privacy controversies and "The Cellphone Wars."

Executive producer Harvey Weinstein participates in the

Harvey Weinstein's Wild Weekend Involved Plenty of Lawyers

By Miriam Rozen |

The disgraced film studio mogul abrupt resignation from his namesake company came after its board of directors hired Debevoise & Plimpton and a member of his legal team stepped down.

Winston & Strawn's Washington, D.C. offices on K Street.

Winston & Strawn Seeks Arbitration in Gender Bias Fight

By Brian Baxter |

The firm, sued more than a month ago in California state court by recently departed partner Constance Ramos, is seeking to push her sexual discrimination and retaliation complaint into arbitration.

Pepper Hamilton Partner Ray Miller hosted 22 clients and prospective clients at his private island in August for the fourth annual Ray's Retreat.

Clients Attend 'Camp for Adults' on Pepper Partner's Private Island

By Lizzy McLellan |

Pepper Hamilton partner Ray Miller has a new approach to developing client relationships. All you need is a private island.

Ronald Valenzuela and Nancy Sher Cohen

Lathrop Gage Picks Up Proskauer Lawyers to Kick-Start LA Growth

By Roy Strom |

Lathrop Gage is gearing up to rebuild its Los Angeles office with the hire this week of Nancy Sher Cohen, a former partner at Proskauer Rose who co-led that firm’s insurance recovery and counseling group.

Evan Greebel.

Shkreli's Ex-Katten, Kaye Scholer Lawyer Faces Skeptical Judge Ahead of Trial

By Christine Simmons |

Evan Greebel, onetime lawyer to "pharma bro" Martin Shkreli, seemed unlikely to convince a judge to trim his case before trial.

Petition to Look at Former CBS Lawyer Underscores Ethical Risks of Social Media

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

After being fired for a controversial Facebook post in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, former CBS lawyer Hayley Geftman-Gold is the subject of a petition calling for the New York State Bar Association to consider whether she is capable of remaining professional in response to a tragedy.

Screenshot of law school online video.

'Why Law?' These Students Show You Benefits of a JD

By Karen Sloan |

A new online video titled “Why Law?” is a collaboration from 12 law school that highlights the doors that can open with a law degree and how attorneys can have a positive impact on the world.

Why Your Law Firm Isn’t Anywhere Near As Profitable As You Think

By Chris Johnson |

Conventional metrics significantly overstate law firm profitability.

Slight Job Growth In Legal Sector: Labor Dept.

The U.S. legal services industry added 900 jobs in September amid a tepid month for job growth in the country overall.

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Collegiate Advocate Lightfoot Franklin Elects First Female Leader

By Meghan Tribe |

Alabama’s Lightfoot, Franklin & White, a regional litigation firm with a national practice advising universities and other higher educational institutions, has appointed Melody Hurdle Eagan as its first female managing partner.

Katherine Adams, formerly senior vice president and general counsel of Honeywell, will join Apple as general counsel.

Apple Names Honeywell Exec Katherine Adams as New GC

By Stephanie Forshee |

Apple Inc. general counsel Bruce Sewell announced he is retiring from the company at the end of this year. Fulfilling his role will be Katherine Adams, who joins the Cupertino, California-based company from Honeywell International Inc. where she acted as GC and SVP.

Lisa Bloom.

Lisa Bloom Joins Harvey Weinstein's Legal Dream Team

By Miriam Rozen |

What does the well-known women's rights advocate have in common with litigators David Boies and Charles Harder? All three have been retained by the film studio magnate.

Christina Sarchio of Orrick.  Courtesy photo

Ahead of NBA Season, Top Players' Lawyer Switches Teams

By Brian Baxter |

Christina Guerola Sarchio, a member of the board of directors at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and chair of the firm's class action strike team, has joined Dechert in Washington, D.C.

Orrick Taps Consulting Firm for New Diversity, Inclusion Head

By Meghan Tribe |

The firm has brought on attorney and career coach Joi Bourgeois to serve in a newly created role.

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Day Pitney Nabs Private Equity, Finance Duo From Shipman & Goodwin

By Scott Flaherty |

The hiring of Peter Bilfield and Steven Gold bolsters the firm's private equity, finance and investment management practices.

Hogan Lovells offices at 555 13th Street, NW in Washington, D.C.  October 25, 2016.

Hogan Lovells Sheds Staffers, Confirms Financial Reporting Change

By Rose Walker |

Hogan Lovells, which earlier this week changed the way it reports some of its financial results, is set to trim its U.S. business services ranks by more than 40 staffers as part of a voluntary retirement program.

That Law Firm's Website Might Not Be for a Real Law Firm

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

A new white paper examines a growing trend of fraudsters posing as attorneys or legal consultants online to exploit those seeking legal services.

06/18/15-  Miami-   Sedgwick LLP, logo in Miami office reception area.

Sedgwick Departures Continue As Chicago Managing Partner Leaves For UK Rival

By Chris Johnson |

Senior-level attorneys continue to leave Sedwick, with the latest departures coming in Chicago, where office managing partner Eric Scheiner has joined the local office of U.K. insurance specialist Kennedys along with partners Dick Geddes and Jennifer Quinn Broda.

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The Paradox of the Client-Driven Market

By WILLIAM D. HENDERSON |

We all take for granted that the business of law is changing and that clients are now in the driver’s seat. But does it follow that corporate counsel know where the legal market is headed?

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IMF Bentham Secures $115M in Latest Litigation Funding Frenzy

By Roy Strom |

Australian-based IMF Bentham Ltd. said this week that it had raised up to AUD$150 million, or more than $115 million, from two institutional investors to finance the litigation funder’s future cases in Asia, Australia, Canada and Europe.

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Andrews Kurth, Hunton & Williams Explore Merger

By Christine Simmons |

Andrews Kurth Kenyon and Hunton & Williams are in merger talks, sources told ALM.

Bill Samuels

Scarinci Hollenbeck Bolts On IP Boutique in the Big Apple

By Meghan Tribe |

Amid rapid growth in New York City's technology market, a New Jersey-based intellectual property firm has scooped up a smaller-three lawyer shop led by William Samuels.

Former Equifax CEO Richard Smith, left, speaks with former Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), now with DLA Piper, right, before the start of a House Energy & Banking Committee hearing on Equifax’s data breach, on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

DLA Piper, a Hacking Victim Itself, Helps Guide Equifax on Capitol Hill

By C. Ryan Barber |

As Equifax navigates the halls of Congress to contain the fallout over one of the largest breaches in U.S. history, its go-to firm, King & Spalding, has not been the only one by the company's side. Lawyers from DLA Piper, itself the victim of a hack this year, are also helping to guide Equifax through the data breach scandal.

Latham Lands New Partners in London, New York

By Anna Ward |

The world's most profitable firm has hired three new partners on both sides of the Atlantic.

Sydney, Australia.

White & Case Adds Arbitration Partner in Sydney

By Anna Zhang |

Longtime King & Wood Mallesons partner Max Bonnell arrives as the third partner in the newly launched office.

'Best' Law Firms for Women? Really?

By Vivia Chen |

I'd love to say that these lists signal an abundance of opportunities for women in law. But that's not how I see them. I find these lists confusing, if not misleading. And sad. 

Jamie Gorelick of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.

Email Prankster Targets Another Jared Kushner Lawyer

By Katelyn Polantz |

A D.C. noodle house co-owner and a UK emailer were behind efforts to dupe Jamie Gorelick of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.

Indiana, New York Mergers Highlight Record Pace of Deals in 2017

By Roy Strom |

The first two law firm tie-ups of the fourth quarter was announced Tuesday, the same day that legal consultancy Altman Weil Inc. said there were 24 combinations in the third quarter, bringing the yearly total to 76 deals. That puts the legal industry on pace to break the previous record of 91 mergers set in 2015.

Marcie Borgal Shunk

Report Finds Law Firms Playing Catch-Up on Competitive Intelligence

By Lizzy McLellan |

Firms know they need intelligence about their rivals to compete effectively, but few are gathering and using all the data at their disposal, a new report found.

Venable-Ingis

Venable's Thompson to Lead Baltimore Police Monitoring Effort

By Scott Flaherty |

In his role, Thompson will oversee a set of reforms suggested in a DOJ consent decree calling for a series of reforms in the city’s stop, search and arrest practices. The federal government and city of Baltimore agreed to the reforms in January.

A wounded woman is moved outside the Tropicana during an active shooter situation on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. Multiple victims were being transported to hospitals after a shooting late Sunday at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

San Diego Solo Practitioner Among Fatalities in Las Vegas

By Meghan Tribe |

One of the 59 people killed in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history was former Lerach Coughlin lawyer Jennifer Irvine.

Richard Susskind.

Are Law Firms Charging Less or Just Making Less?

By Roy Strom |

In a market where clients are struggling to deliver more legal services for less cost (the challenge), Richard Susskind said a law firm may be tempted to undercut its competition on price in hopes of winning more work.

Should Law Firms Charge Less or Differently?

By Richard Susskind |

Four years ago, Richard Susskind published the first edition of “Tomorrow’s Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future.” With the rapid changes in the legal profession, tomorrow is now today.

Elena Donio, Axiom CEO

Axiom Ramps Up Race for Tech Talent

By Miriam Rozen |

Alternative legal services provider Axiom is embarking on a new hiring spree that could make the company a bigger player on the legal technology market—and more of a rival to some law firms.

Brisbane city skyline and Brisbane river at twilight in Australia

DWF Set For Australia Merger As International Expansion Continues

By James Booth |

DWF has agreed an exclusive association with an Australian law firm ahead of a merger that will see it add two offices to its fast-growing international network.

Marc-Henri Chamay, CEO of Aosphere.

Firms Offer More Web-Based Legal Tools, But at What Price?

By Miriam Rozen |

As law firms take advantage of evolving technologies to launch their own proprietary online legal tools, many are wrestling with a key question: How much should they be charging for them?

Danielle Herritt

New Boston Base of Womble Welcomes Three New Hires

By Meghan Tribe |

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, which by the end of October will become Womble Bond Dickinson following a cross-border union with former alliance partner Bond Dickinson, has brought on a trio of intellectual property partners from McCarter & English for its new Boston office.

5/11/17- Fort Lauderdale— Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney signage

California Lawyers Fight Buchanan Ingersoll Over Unused Vacation

By Lizzy McLellan |

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is battling claims over unused vacation time with three California lawyers who have accused their former firm of forum-shopping.

Patrick Collins

King & Spalding Makes Second Splash in Chicago Expansion

By Roy Strom |

Zach Fardon launched King & Spalding's Chicago office in August, and the former top federal prosecutor in the Windy City is already proving that the reputation he built in that office will translate to growing his new one. Patrick Collins, who spent the past dozen years at Perkins Coie, and Jade Lambert are now joining Fardon's team.

Former U.S. Attorney Robert Capers

Ex-Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Capers Takes Leadership Role at Arent Fox

By Christine Simmons |

Robert Capers, the former Eastern District of New York U.S. attorney who prosecuted pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, FIFA soccer officials and major financial institutions, has joined his first law firm, Arent Fox, the firm announced on Monday.

Jones Day Alums Driving the Anti-Gay Agenda + More News

By Vivia Chen |

Time for another edition of quick and dirty news. Here's what's catching my eye.

A diverse business group closing a deal in the office

Role and Responsibilities of Practice Group Leaders

By JOEL A. ROSE |

Ideally, the objective of defining the role and responsibilities of Practice Group Leaders should be to establish just enough structure and accountability within their respective practice group to maximize the economic potential of the firm, while institutionalizing the principles of leadership and teamwork.

David Kerr

Big British Law Firm 'Two Birds' to Take San Francisco in 2018

By Rose Walker |

Bird & Bird, a large British law firm that cheekily uses the marketing moniker “Two Birds,” is poised to set up shop in the Bay Area next year after relocating two partners from London and Milan.

Left to right: Bert Greene and Brad Thompson, Duane Morris

Duane Morris Opens in Austin, Plots Texas Expansion

By Lizzy McLellan |

Duane Morris is expanding its presence in Texas with a new office in Austin, starting with two lawyers from Norton Rose Fulbright and King & Spalding.

Jake Heller, founder and CEO of Casetext.

Atari Attorneys? Why Coding Is Not So Different From Practicing Law

By Rhys Dipshan |

The growing relationship between tech and legal is little surprise to those who see learning how to code as analogous to learning the practice of law.

Michael Ng, Kobre & Kim partner

With Bentham Deal, Kobre & Kim Plans Patent Overcharge Suit

By Ben Hancock |

There's no lawsuit yet, but a litigation-financing deal is helping pave the way for a group action in Jersey against CPA Global over foreign patent renewals.

Axiom Brings in Microsoft, Amazon Exec to Expand AI and Automation Development

By Ian Lopez |

Doug Hebenthal will assume the role of chief technology officer at Axiom. He has worked at Change Healthcare, Amazon and Microsoft.

(l-r): Julia Holt,  Linda Kornfeld and David Thomas.

Blank Rome Bolsters L.A. Office, Insurance Practice With Kasowitz Hires

By Lizzy McLellan |

A three-lawyer group from Kasowitz Benson Torres has jumped to Blank Rome in Los Angeles, bringing their policyholder-dedicated insurance practice to a new home.

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Read This Before You Set Your 2018 Billing Rates

By Hugh A. Simons, ALM Intelligence Fellow |

As firms lose associate hours to technology, they need to increase senior lawyer rates to maintain profitability. And it takes time.

Kirkland, Kutak Rock Unite Again in Toys 'R' Us Bankruptcy

By Brian Baxter |

The two firms, which have partnered up on Chapter 11 cases for Gymboree and Gordmans, have now submitted court papers showing how much they intend to charge—and have already been paid—for their roles representing another ailing retailer. Another bankrupt Kirkland client paid $47.5 million to the firm within the past year.

President Donald Trump speaks about tax reform in Indianapolis on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Law Firms, Partners Await Answers on Trump Tax Plan

By Christine Simmons |

Big law firms and some lawyers may not be so lucky after all in the proposed new tax framework.

Architectural rendering of 55 Hudson Yards.

Milbank Seeks Secretarial Cuts Ahead of HQ Relocation

By Miriam Rozen |

The Am Law 100 firm, which is poised to give up its longtime digs in New York’s Financial District for a new headquarters in midtown Manhattan, is reportedly offering buyouts to secretaries and other staffers.

Stack of newspapers.

After Bad Press, When Should Law Firms 'Come Out Swinging'?

By Lizzy McLellan |

It's not unusual for law firms to issue a formal response after they've been confronted with criticism, hit with litigation or stung by bad publicity. But that approach wasn't enough for a Philadelphia workers' compensation firm after its business practices came under scrutiny this month.

Dechert Recruits Kirkland Corporate Duo in London

By Anna Ward |

Kirkland & Ellis partners Christopher Field and Jan Scobie have joined the London office of Dechert, an Am Law 100 firm that has been particularly acquisitive in recent weeks.

Training Short-Term Lawyers Is Long-Term Investment for Firms

By Miriam Rozen |

When it comes to budgeting for a fresh crop of first-year associates, it's not all about paying for rising salaries and expanding benefits. Law firms are dedicating big money and devoting ongoing resources to training and development for their young lawyers, even when the lawyers are less likely to stick around than they used to be.

U.S. Labor Department in Washington, D.C.

Trump Extends Kirkland & Ellis Pipeline in Pick for Labor Department Solicitor

By Mike Scarcella and Erin Mulvaney |

A Kirkland & Ellis employment litigation partner in Washington and daughter of a federal appeals court judge is on tap to be the U.S. Labor Department's chief in-house lawyer, extending the Trump administration's ties to the Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm.

Hugh Hefner.

Selling Playboy Bunnies in China: How Hugh Hefner Kept His Lawyers Busy

By Scott Flaherty |

A hutch of lawyers handled everything from First Amendment fights to trademark strategy for Hefner over the years.

Balch & Bingham Hires Venable After Two Partners Charged in Bribery Probe

By Brian Baxter |

Steven McKinney, a former chair of the ABA's section on environmental energy and resources, has been indicted with fellow Balch & Bingham partner Joel Gilbert and a coal mining company executive over an alleged scheme to bribe former Alabama state representative and ex-National Basketball Association player Oliver Robinson Jr.

Becky James

LA Litigation Boutique Bolts on New Appellate Head

By Meghan Tribe |

Becky James, a former chief of criminal appeals at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles, has joined business litigation boutique Greenberg Gross as head of its appellate practice.

Morgan Lewis Fights Back in $30M Conflict Suit

By Lizzy McLellan |

In a $30 million suit over an alleged conflict of interest, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius says that its ex-client, Towers Watson Delaware, knew about and consented to the firm's representation of Towers' adversary, Meriter Health Services.

Oops! Lawyers' Email Snafus Highlight Risks to Firms, Clients

By Katelyn Polantz |

Email may be essential for lawyers, but this week it felt like their worst enemy.

Ropes & Gray's Washington, D.C., offices

Ex-Big Law Associate Who Flunked Bar Can Proceed With Suit Against Examiners

By Karen Sloan |

A former Ropes & Gray lawyer and Harvard Law School grad can move ahead with parts of her federal lawsuit.

U.S. Treasury Department in Washington

Allen & Overy Pay Gets Spotlight in Trump Pick for Treasury Post

By MP McQueen |

Allen & Overy partner Heath Tarbert, who led the firm's U.S. bank regulatory team in Washington, was confirmed Wednesday to a top post at the U.S. Treasury Department. Tarbert is leaving the Magic Circle the firm, one of the largest from the U.K., at a time when it's posting record numbers in several key metrics, including partner profits.

(Left to right): Frank Gooch, Jonathan Gross, Paul Rutter and Richard Close, partners with Gilchrist & Rutter.

Cozen O'Connor Bolts On Santa Monica Real Estate Boutique

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cozen O'Connor is acquiring a real estate boutique in Santa Monica, California, the firm announced Monday, adding a new office to the growing Philadelphia-based firm.

That Makes Five: Winston & Strawn Suit Adds To Growing List of Gender Bias Claims

By Scott Flaherty |

When news broke this week that former Winston & Strawn intellectual property partner Constance Ramos has sued her old firm, she publicly landed among a group of female lawyers who claim in court that they faced sex discrimination in Big Law.

Kasowitz Benson Torres' New York office at 1633 Broadway

Kasowitz Benson Fights Ruling in Client's Billing Fraud Case

By Christine Simmons |

Kasowitz Benson Torres, the New York firm whose work for President Donald Trump has kept it in the national spotlight this year, is vowing to appeal after a Florida judge ruled that a billing fraud complaint against the firm can move forward.

Ex-Staffer at Big Canadian Law Firm Faces Insider Trading Charges

By Brian Baxter |

The Ontario Securities Commission, a Canadian regulator, has charged former Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg legal assistant Donna Hutchinson in Toronto with insider trading. Davies Ward is one of the largest law firms in Canada.

Law Firm Mergers Keep Record Pace in Third Quarter

By Roy Strom |

The record for mergers set in a year, 91 in 2015, will fall this year if there are 16 combinations in the fourth quarter. The last time there were fewer than 16 mergers in a fourth quarter was 2010, according to data compiled by legal consultancy Altman Weil. Last year there were 25 tie-ups toward years’ end.

Shearman & Sterling Gets On Board the Parental Leave Expansion Train

By Meghan Tribe |

The Am Law 100 firm has become the latest in Big Law to unveil a parental leave policy designed to provide additional time off for working parents after a birth, foster or adoption. The new policy increases primary care giver leave for all U.S. lawyers to 20 weeks. Business services staffers will also get an increase, to 14 weeks.

Dentons

Dentons' Latest Deal Takes Firm to Uganda

By Joseph Evans |

In its quest for global dominance, Dentons has announced a combination with Kampala Associated Advocates, the largest law firm in Uganda. The move follows nearly a dozen other combinations unveiled by the global legal giant in recent months.

Pepsi co website homepage.

Wilmer 'Inadvertently' Leaks Pepsi Client Secrets to Wall Street Journal

By Katelyn Polantz |

Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr apologized Wednesday after one of its lawyers accidentally sent a Wall Street Journal reporter privileged documents detailing a history of whistleblower claims at PepsiCo.

China 40: A Peek at Profitability

For the first time, we are able to share profitability data on a subset of the largest Chinese firms.

China 40: Law Firms Ranked by Revenue Per Lawyer

This ranking details how firms stack up when it comes to the all important revenue per lawyer metric.

China 40: Firms Ranked by Most Revenue

Here are the 40 largest law firms in China based on gross revenue.

People walk by buidling that was destroyed in the community La Perla in Old San Juan during Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. The island territory of more than 3 million U.S. citizens is reeling in the devastating wake of Hurricane Maria. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Big Law Picks Up the Pieces in Puerto Rico

By Meghan Tribe |

Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico with a force unseen locally since 1928. The Category 4 storm made landfall with winds around 155 miles per hour, leaving the island without power and many residents scrambling for access to cash, gasoline or water. Among those trying to get back to work are lawyers at large law firms in San Juan.

Women Get Paid Less, No Matter What

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Chalk this up to another instance where a girl just can't win. 

Novak Druce Sought to Avoid Service of Process in Dispute Over Partner Wages, Judge Says

By Tom McParland |

Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg owes $36,000 in unpaid wages to two of its former partners, a Delaware Superior Court judge ruled Monday, scolding the defunct intellectual property boutique for creating a "labyrinth" to avoid paying its debts.

Liisa Thomas

Sheppard Mullin Adds Practice Leader to Grow Winston Lateral Roster

By Roy Strom |

Liisa Thomas, the former chair of Winston & Strawn's global privacy and data security practice, has joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton's Chicago office, treading a path familiar to four of her colleagues that have made a similar move in the Windy City.

JANUARY 03, 2016: A computer screen shows details of Big Four auditors main pages on its web sites. Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers

How Law Firms Can Counter the Growing Big Four Threat

By Chris Johnson |

A new report by ALM Intelligence describes what law firms can do to effectively compete with the legal services offerings coming from the Big Four accounting firms.

What Do Lawyers Really Do With Their Time?

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A new report finds that U.S. lawyers devote only 29 percent of each workday to billable hours, and the rest on administrative tasks and business development.

Jeffrey Sharer of Ackerman LLP.

Amid Cyber Worries, Akerman Data Breach Tool Finds an Audience

By Miriam Rozen |

As the massive Equifax hack continues to reverberate around the country—including with the ouster of its CEO this week—companies everywhere are feeling vulnerable to data breach risks. That's no surprise to Akerman partner Jeffrey Sharer, whose Miami-based firm launched a web-accessible portal 18 months ago that capitalizes on expanding data breach fears.

Screenshot of Akin Gump's website.

New Akin Gump Blog Aims to School Big Law Recruits

By KAREN SLOAN |

Most experienced attorneys know that the acronym PPP refers to profits per partner—a shorthand measure of a law firm’s finances.

Deloitte Turns to Hogan Lovells to Fight Cyberattack

By Anna Ward |

Deloitte LLP has retained Hogan Lovells to advise on a cyberattack that compromised the global accounting giant's confidential emails.

Andrei Iancu, Irell & Manella

How Much Did PTO Pick Andrei Iancu Pull In at Irell?

By Scott Graham |

According to his financial disclosure form, the IP litigator will take a multimillion-dollar pay cut if confirmed as President Donald Trump's nominee to head the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Big Law's Latest Gender Bias Plaintiff is a Former Obama Classmate

By Brian Baxter |

Constance Ramos, who left Winston & Strawn’s partnership in August to start her own Oakland, California-based intellectual property boutique, has accused the firm of sexual discrimination and retaliation in a suit filed in San Francisco Superior Court.

Doug Emhoff and Sen. Kamala Harris.

Entertainment Law Vet (and Kamala Harris' Hubby) Joins DLA Piper

By Katelyn Polantz |

Douglas Emhoff, who led Venable's expansion efforts and its West Coast operations until last week, is swapping firms for bicoastal offices at DLA Piper in Century City, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.

BG Group Place in Houston.

Gibson Dunn Doubles Real Estate for Growing Houston Office

By Miriam Rozen |

After poaching a half-dozen partners from Baker Botts to launch in Houston, Gibson Dunn is snapping up 55,000 square feet to accommodate an expected influx of new associates.

PricewaterhouseCoopers offices in Washington, D.C.

PwC's Entry Into the US Legal Market is Important—Just Not for the Reasons You Think It Is

By Nicholas Bruch |

PricewaterhouseCoopers' decision to open an office in Washington D.C., has attracted significant attention. Some, in the legal press, have called it a “wake-up call” for law firms. Others have said the move is a “game changer” for the U.S. legal market. Make no mistake, PwC's recent move is a big deal—just not for the reasons many think it is.

Why Don't Law Firms Like Experienced Managers?

By Chris Johnson |

Big Law is big business, but you might not know it from the way law firms pick their leaders.

The 2017 Global 100

Results of our Global 100 survey and analyses show growth is slowing and profits are dipping. Firms are adjusting to rapid-fire market changes as the world adjusts to the multitude of geopolitical forces at play. Figuring out the proper global complement is increasingly challenging, but there are opportunities to be had with new markets emerging as key players on the world stage.

The Global 100: Firms Ranked by Highest Profits Per Equity Partner

Profits per equity Partner among Global 100 firms averaged $1.6 million in 2016, an increase of less than one percent, and less than 2015’s nearly five percent gain. Seventy-five firms topped $1 million in PPP, compared with 76 firms the previous year. U.S. firms make up the top 10, with Slaughter and May the highest-ranking non-U.S. firm, ranking twelfth. This chart ranks the most profitable firms on our Most Revenue and Most Lawyers charts, which, combined, include 157 firms. To be eligible for this list, a firm had to appear on one of those two charts. Figures for U.S. firms came from The Am Law 100. All other firms were surveyed directly. PPP is rounded to the nearest $5,000, and gross revenue is rounded to the nearest $500,000.

The Global 100: Firms Ranked by Head Count

Overall lawyer head count for global 100 firms was 122,157 in 2016, up 2.7 percent from 2015. Forty-seven of the 100 largest firms by head count have more than 1,000 lawyers. Fifty-eight firms have the largest proportion of their lawyers in the United States, 17 have the largest proportion of their lawyers in the United Kingdom and 12 have most of their lawyers in China. The number of lawyers listed here is the average full-time-equivalent for the 2016 fiscal year. (For U.K.-based firms, the number of lawyers is the average full-time-equivalent for the fiscal year ending April 30).

Global 100: Firms Ranked by Most Revenue

Gross revenue for The Global 100 grew by 2.8 percent in 2016, to $99.3 billion, just shy of 2015’s increase of 3.1 percent. This year 81 of the world’s top-grossing firms have more lawyers in the United States than elsewhere, while 12 have the greatest proportion of their lawyers in the United Kingdom. Eight firms are structured as vereins or European Economic Interest Groups (EEIGs). Thirty-four firms had more than $1 billion in revenues, compared with 35 last year. In most cases, gross revenues for U.S. firms are derived from The Am Law 100. Other firms were surveyed directly for The Global 100, the Asia 100/China 50, or Legal Week’s UK Top 50. Currency conversion rates to U.S. dollars are annual averages for 2016. Lawyer numbers are average full-time-equivalent numbers for 2016. Gross revenue figures are rounded to the nearest $500,000, while revenue per lawyer figures are rounded to the nearest $5,000.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

Lawyers Could See Increase in Work After Trump Administration Issues New Title IX Guidance

By Lizzy McLellan |

The Department of Education's announcement Sept. 22 that it is rescinding Title IX guidance on sexual misconduct issued by the Obama administration left schools scrambling for answers.

Winston, Latham Prepare for Pitched Battle Over US Soccer

By Brian Baxter and Roy Strom |

Jeffrey Kessler, a veteran antitrust litigator in the sports arena, is taking aim at the governing body for soccer in the U.S. The 71-page complaint recently filed by a team of Winston & Strawn litigators led by Kessler against the U.S. Soccer Federation—advised by Latham & Watkins—had been at least two years in the making.

Carl Icahn

CVR, Wachtell Face Off in Double-Barreled Malpractice Fight

By Christine Simmons |

After an appeals court last year revived a malpractice claim against Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, it's back to dual lawsuits in the firm's long-running litigation against Carl Icahn-controlled CVR Energy Inc.

Ty Cobb.

Trump's $25M Man? White House Releases Unfinished Disclosure on Lawyer's Pay

By Katelyn Polantz |

Former Hogan Lovells partner Ty Cobb said in a draft disclosure form that his dividends from the firm were between $5 million and $25 million. But the form left out specifics about his relationship with the firm and individual legal clients.

Charlotte School of Law in Charlotte, North Carolina.

A Whistleblower Takes On Charlotte School of Law

By Steven J. Harper |

Will a former Charlotte Law professor's claims finally bring change to the legal education industry?

Trenton Ward, Finnegan, Atlanta.

Q&A: Returning to Big Law After 'Once in a Career' Patent Gig

By Scott Graham |

Trenton Ward became an administrative judge on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board just as it was emerging as a venue for patent validity challenges. Five years later, he's returning to private practice as a partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner.

Anne Canfield of Canfield & Associates.

Michael Best Strategies Deal Unites Tax Reform Lobby Duo

By Katelyn Polantz |

Michael Best Strategies, a lobbying company partly owned by law firm Michael Best & Friedrich, added a long-time tax policy specialist this week in an effective acquisition of Washington’s Canfield & Associates.

J. Randolph Evans

Dentons' Evans Tapped to Be Ambassador to Luxembourg

By Meredith Hobbs |

It's official: Georgia GOP heavy-hitter Randy Evans has been nominated to serve as U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg by the Trump administration.

Mayer Brown offices in Washington...

In Solar Trade Case, Mayer Brown Switches Roles

By Ben Hancock |

The firm's trade group has long represented foreign companies in U.S. administrative proceedings. But in this high-stakes solar industry case, it's on the other side.

Winston & Strawn's Washington, D.C. offices on K Street.

Winston & Strawn Welcomes New Talent Management Team

By Meghan Tribe |

The 800-lawyer firm, riding high this year from some key litigation wins and lateral hires, has recruited three new directors to report to newly-hired chief talent officer Susan Manch.

Paul Manafort.

Skadden in DOJ's Sights Over Manafort Work: Report

By Christine Simmons |

The New York Times reported that the Department of Justice wants files related to Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's work in Ukraine.

James Philbin, at left, with, clockwise from top left: Leslie Arfine, Danielle Furey, Joanna Garelick Goldstein, and Leslie Kerr Parlo

Former Maersk GC Opens NY Law Firm With Five Others

By Christine Simmons |

The outgoing general counsel of an international shipping conglomerate is launching a six-attorney New York firm, enlisting the help of a New York University professor and four women seeking to re-enter the law or expand their legal practices after working part-time.

PricewaterhouseCoopers offices in Washington, D.C.

PwC to Launch US Law Firm as Big Four Expand Legal Offerings

By Chris Johnson |

PricewaterhouseCoopers is set to launch a U.S. law firm in Washington, D.C., later this month, a sign that the Big Four accounting firms are continuing their push into legal services.

Texas Firm Sets Up Shop in San Antonio After Merger

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Mehaffy Weber, a Texas firm with offices in Austin, Beaumont and Houston, is headed to San Antonio after absorbing all five lawyers from local litigation boutique O’Connell & Avery.

Dentons Signage in Atlanta.

Dentons Reviewing 32 Support Roles After Scottish Deal

By Joseph Evans |

Hogan Lovells isn’t the only global legal giant looking to trim the ranks of its support staff. Dentons confirmed Thursday that it could cut up to 32 business services roles across three of its offices in Scotland. Dentons is poised to absorb leading Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens.

screenshot of a fake legal firm website.

Online Imposters Add to Law Firms' Cyber Risks

By Lizzy McLellan |

More law firms are learning that they aren't immune from identity theft.

First-Year Associate Jobs Set for Slight Rise, Survey Finds

By Chris Johnson |

The number of first-year associate jobs at law firms across the U.S. and Canada is set to rise slightly over the next 12 months, a new survey has found.

Jones Day Washington, D.C. offices.

Trump Picks Jones Day Partner to Flip Product Safety Agency

By C. Ryan Barber |

If confirmed by the Senate, Dana Baiocco would replace Marietta Robinson, flipping the commission from Democratic to Republican rule.

Practice Area Monopoly: Straight to Jail or Pass Go Collect $200

By DANIELLA ISAACSON, ESQ., SENIOR ANALYST, ALM INTELLIGENCE |

Firm-wide metrics make great headlines. Latham & Watkins is number one by gross revenue, Fragomen tops the rankings for diversity, and so on. When considering the career satisfaction of individual attorneys, however, it matters less what firm you are at, and more at what practice area within the firm you reside.

Rescue workers search for people trapped inside a collapsed building in the Del Valle area of Mexico City after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Earthquake Shakes Up Law Firms in Mexico City But Most Escape Major Damage

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Mexico City law offices were mostly unscathed by the 7.1 magnitude earthquake.

One Bal Harbour hotel and residences at 10295 Collins Ave., Miami.

Holland & Knight Agrees to Pay $5 Million to Settle Malpractice Suit

By Samantha Joseph |

A proposed settlement shows Holland & Knight would pay $5 million to settle a malpractice suit involving two of its attorneys.

In San Francisco, A New Chasm Erupts on Legal Pay

By Rebecca Cohen |

Few occupations in San Francisco have as large a gender pay gap as the legal industry, the civic data analytics company LiveStories reported this week. And the inequality is growing.

Stack-Cash

High-Powered Plaintiff's Lawyers Battle Over Fees in NCAA Concussion Case

By Roy Strom |

Jay Edelson and Steve Berman have been quarreling over strategy in a concussion class action case against the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Now the two litigators are also fighting to reduce each other’s attorney fees, worth a total of up to $21 million.

Cindy Caranella Kelly, who focuses on civil litigation, and Wallace Schwartz

Kasowitz Benson Adjusts Management Team Amid Tumultuous Year

By Christine Simmons |

Kasowitz Benson Torres has restructured its management with new positions, appointing Cindy Caranella Kelly, who focuses on civil litigation, and Wallace Schwartz, head of the firm's real estate transactional group, as the firm's co-managing partners of administration who will share duties with founding partner Marc Kasowitz.

Lori Barnea and Aliza Herzberg

Ex-Olshan Employment Leader Launches Women-Owned Boutique

By Meghan Tribe |

Aliza Herzberg, head of the employment practice at Olshan Frome Wolosky, has launched her own women-led boutique in New York called the Herzberg Law Group. But don't look for her to start shouldering a heavy litigation load.

John Dowd.

RNC Payments Raise More Questions on Trump Lawyers’ Fees

By Katelyn Polantz |

What can we learn from the latest glimpse into how Trump is paying his lawyers?

Hogan Lovells' Washington, D.C., offices.

Hogan Lovells Boosts German Practice With Mayer Brown Management Hire

By Chris Johnson |

Hogan Lovells has boosted its German finance practice with the hire of a two-partner derivatives team from Mayer Brown, led by European capital markets head and global partnership board member Jochen Seitz.

Brad Hildebrandt, Hildebrandt Consulting.

Opinion: The Myths of the Swiss Verein

By Brad Hildebrandt |

Of all the things for a firm to worry about, the financial and tax structure should not top the list, consultant Brad Hildebrandt argues in support of the verein model.

Steven Merkel

Barnes & Thornburg Looks to West Point for a New Leader

By Roy Strom |

Steven Merkel has been COO at Barnes & Thornburg for 42 days. It is the first Big Law job for the retired U.S. Army colonel, who most recently served as chief of operations for the U.S. Military Academy. Merkel hasn’t lost his military-like loyalty to mission; it has just shifted focus.

Richard Walker.

Ex-Deutsche Bank GC, SEC Enforcement Chief Joins King & Spalding

By Scott Flaherty |

Richard Walker, the longtime Deutsche Bank general counsel and former SEC enforcement chief, has joined King & Spalding in the firm's special matters and government investigations group in New York.

Hogan Lovells offices at 555 13th Street, NW in Washington, D.C.  October 25, 2016.

Hogan Lovells Offers Voluntary Retirement to 400 US Staffers

By Rose Walker |

The global legal giant has offered hundreds of its support staffers in the U.S. the option of early retirement in a bid to trim its ranks of senior business services workers. Hogan Lovells has confirmed that about 400 of those who have been with the firm for at least five years will be invited to take voluntary retirement.

Mark Smolik, DHL Supply general counsel

Pay for Associate Hours? More Companies Say 'No Thanks'

By Miriam Rozen |

DHL and other companies are experimenting more often with hiring their own freshly-minted law school graduates, rather than paying a premium for young lawyers at outside firms.

Four Big Law Firms Grab Roles on Toys 'R' Us Bankruptcy

By Meghan Tribe |

From bikes to trains to video games, a quartet of large law firms led by Kirkland & Ellis is advising on the Chapter 11 case of toy retail giant Toys “R” Us Inc., which became the latest in a string of struggling brick-and-mortar retailers to file for bankruptcy this year.

Gide Loyrette Nouel Logo

France's Gide Becomes Second Big Law Firm to Launch in Iran

By Chris Johnson |

Leading French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel has re-established a presence in the Middle East, becoming the second Big Law firm to open an office in Iran.

Baker Donelson law firm in Washington, D.C. July 18, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Baker Donelson the Latest Firm to Adopt AI for Contract Analysis

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The firm recently inked a deal with Kira Systems to parse contracts in complex acquisitions and capital raises.

Unhappy African American business woman isolated on white background

Female Equity Partner Rate Is At All-Time High. (But It's Not That Great.)

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Women now represent 19 percent of equity partners—a record high, though still a sad showing. For those of us who've been covering women in the legal profession for over a decade, "depressing" is the usual standard. And while 19 percent remains woefully low, women seem to be on a forward march.

Major, Lindsey & Africa's Make-Buy Analysis summary page

Major Lindsey Unveils Legal Cost-Saving Tool for Corporate Clients

By Meghan Tribe |

In the seemingly never-ending quest by in-house legal departments to trim their expenditures on outside lawyers, legal recruiting giant Major, Lindsey & Africa has released its Make-Buy Analysis tool to help GCs decide between hiring a new attorney for their in-house staff or rely on external counsel.

Prosecutors, Gibson Dunn Get Testy as Trial Nears for Shkreli's Lawyer

By Christine Simmons |

With a trial on felony charges just weeks away, federal prosecutors and lawyers for former law firm partner Evan Greebel are ratcheting up their rhetoric over some unusual issues, including the defense lawyers' own résumés.

Oil well

Despite Harvey, Latham & Watkins and Thompson & Knight Complete $1.4B Energy Deal On Time

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Texas lawyers at Latham & Watkins and Thompson & Knight met a Sept. 7 deadline for a $1.4 billion asset sale between two Houston companies.

NY-pic

In New York's Start-Up Sector, Lawyers' Opportunities Abound

By Ross Weil and Taylor Miller |

Wall Street and Fortune 500 clients drive corporate business for most New York law firms, a completely understandable position given the city's status as the world's leading financial center.

Irvine-based IP boutique Fish IP Law has sued Fish & Richardson seeking a ruling that its name and logo don't infringe on the larger firm's trademarks. Here is an examble from the exibit in the lawsuit.

Fish Fight: Fish IP Law Sues Fish & Richardson in Trademark Spat

By Ross Todd |

In the Fishiest IP dispute you're likely to see, Fish IP Law has sued Fish & Richardson seeking a ruling that its name and logo don't infringe the megafirm's registered and common law trademarks.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC office in Miami.

Buchanan Ingersoll Resolves Suit Over Arena Football Investment Advice

By Scott Flaherty |

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has closed the book on a lawsuit alleging the firm didn't do enough to scrutinize a $19 million investment that a Tampa, Florida-area surgeon agreed to put into a local Arena Football League team.

Hogan Lovells offices at 555 13th Street, NW in Washington, D.C. October 25, 2016.

Hogan Lovells Eyes 90 Job Redundancies in UK Restructuring

By Rose Walker |

The Am Law 100 firm is poised to shed or move up to 90 jobs in London to its back office operations centers in Birmingham, England, or Johannesburg, South Africa, as part of U.K. a restructuring plan.

Trump Lawyers' Loose Lips Find Audience in DC Power Lunch Scene

By Katelyn Polantz |

"There's a difference between being seen in public and being heard in public," notes one D.C. recruiter.

Litigation Funder Longford Raises $500M as Industry Stays Flush

By Roy Strom |

Longford Capital Management LP on Monday announced the latest headline figure in the litigation finance industry. Longford said it raised $500 million for a second fund that will dwarf the initial $56.5 million fund that the Chicago-based firm raised three years ago.

Matt Taylor, left, and John Soroko, right, of Duane Morris.

Soroko Steps Down at Duane Morris, Taylor to Chair Firm

By Lizzy McLellan |

After leading his firm through a game-changing decade for the legal industry, John Soroko is stepping down from his post as chairman of Duane Morris.

Big Law Staff Attorney Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges

By Brian Baxter |

Jason Mark Sims, a 35-year-old lawyer who has worked at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in Washington, D.C., has pleaded guilty to distributing videos of child sex abuse. Federal prosecutors disclosed the charges against Sims late Friday.

Providence, Rhode Island

Gordon Rees' Expansion Effort Hits New England

By Meghan Tribe |

San Francisco-based Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani’s march across the U.S. continued as the Am Law 200 firm announced plans to absorb five-lawyer Bogue Moylan + Marino in Providence, Rhode Island. The new office will be Gordon Rees’ 46th nationwide and its eighth new opening of 2017.

Quinn Emanuel Brings Back Its Real-Life Olivia Pope

By Rebecca Cohen |

Crystal Nix-Hines, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has returned to Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan as a partner in Los Angeles. The former reporter for The New York Times has also moonlighted as a television show script writer.

Judge Jon Tigar, United States District Court for the Northern District of California

Did McKool Smith Violate Prosecution Bar in High-Profile Patent Case?

By Scott Graham |

A ruling from U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco could threaten a new litigation campaign by McKool client Eolas Technologies against Amazon, Google and Wal-Mart.

Attorney Tony Buzbee examining his new WWII tank.

Plaintiffs Bar Update: Tony Buzbee Gets a Tank

By Miriam Rozen |

Look out, Wings of Justice. There's competition in Texas, and it's heavily armored.

Ray Lewis, retired NFL football player and played with the Baltimore Ravens.

Ex-NFL Players Seek Law Firm's Money After Sacking Ex-Partner

By Roy Strom |

Gary Stern is going to prison. But that’s not the end of the story for the disgraced lawyer’s former law firm, Chuhak & Tecson. The 70-lawyer Chicago shop is now facing a formidable opponent: A group of nearly 20 former NFL players who claim the firm helped Stern bilk them out of millions.

Dublin, Ireland

Covington Has Irish Eyes in Brexit's Aftermath

By James Booth |

The Washington, D.C.-based Am Law 100 firm has become the second major law firm from the U.S. to open an office in Ireland after last year’s so-called Brexit vote in the U.K.

David King

Kirkland Has a New Private Equity King in San Francisco

By Rebecca Cohen |

David King, a former Simpson Thacher & Bartlett associate who spent nearly the past seven years at buyout giant The Carlyle Group LP, has joined Kirkland & Ellis as an investment funds partner in the Bay Area.

Jeffrey Moorad.

Morgan Lewis Doubles Down on Sports With Ex-Padres Owner

By Lizzy McLellan |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius is stepping up its game in sports law with a splashy California hire and the creation of its newest industry group.

Equifax's headquarters in Atlanta.

Equifax Turns to King & Spalding's Sumner to Defend Data Breach Class Actions

By Amanda Bronstad |

Equifax Inc. has turned to Phyllis Sumner at King & Spalding to serve as lead defense counsel in more than 70 class actions brought over its massive data breach, according to sources familiar with the litigation.

Another Day, Another Deal in America's Busiest City for Law Firm Mergers

By Meghan Tribe |

The Twin Cities, home of the Mall of America, might now also be Law Firm Mergertown, USA. Gray Plant Mooty, the oldest continuing law practice in Minneapolis, has agreed to acquire St. Cloud, Minnesota-based Hughes Mathews Greer. The union is the latest legal services combination in the land of a thousand lakes.

Miami-Based Akerman Linked to the Scandal Around Trump's FEMA Nominee

By Samantha Joseph |

Miami-based Akerman reportedly participated in a lobbying dinner that caught federal investigators' attention, and fueled speculation of alleged unethical behavior by President Donald Trump's nominee for a top job at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA.

human-cyborg-brain

Legal Know-It-All Robot 'Lia' Joins Allstate's In-House Ranks

By Miriam Rozen |

"She doesn’t forget what she is told to do, doesn’t complain, and never asks for a raise," said Megan Pavich, senior attorney for the company.

L-R Lisa Kabnickl and Kathryn Nordick, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Philadelphia.

Two Reed Smith Partners Return to Pepper Hamilton

By Lizzy McLellan |

Two former Pepper Hamilton partners who left for Reed Smith years ago have returned to help restrenghten Pepper Hamilton's financial services offerings.

Sean Marotta of Hogan Lovells' appellate group had 15 coffees with summer associates in Washington, D.C., this summer. One thing he learned: Always celebrate with a selfie.

Figuring Out What Young Associates Want, Over 15 Coffees

By Katelyn Polantz |

Sean Marotta, a senior appellate associate at Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C., had coffee with 15 summer associates this year who found him over Twitter. The National Law Journal caught up with Marotta to review some of what he learned from them.

The Next Phase: Experts Say Technology Means This Isn’t Your Parents’ Law Practice

By Ian Lopez |

The Cowen Group’s 2017 Summit on Legal Innovation and Disruption explored why law is changing and how technology will change legal processes.

Concept of the road to success with a businessman standing on the road.

Atrium Launches as a Firm-Startup Pair

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Atrium’s law firm will cater to the early stage startup community, while its software company will cater to its law firm.

Tom Gaynor, Nixon Peabody

Nixon Peabody's On-Site Incubator a Boost for LGBT Entrepreneurs

By Angela Morris |

The firm has donated 2,300 square feet of its 16th floor San Francisco office and partnered with a nonprofit business accelerator to launch the StartOut Growth Lab.

JANUARY 03, 2016: A computer screen shows details of Big Four auditors main pages on its web sites. Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers

Do the Big Four Accounting Firms Pose a Big Threat to Big Law?

By Chris Johnson |

A new study by ALM Intelligence warns that law firms should prepare for increased competition from the Big Four as they step up their push into legal services.

Trump's Big Law FEC Nominee Under Fire for Tweets, Views

By Roy Strom |

No more than a day since President Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Akerman partner James “Trey” Trainor III as a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission, and the former election lawyer for the Trump presidential campaign is already under fire on multiple fronts.

Elena Deutsch

Tired of Trying to Shatter That Glass Ceiling? WILL Promises Another Way

By Meghan Tribe |

Career coach Elena Deutsch is launching an online program at the end of the month with the specific goal of helping women transition out of careers in Big Law.

Jenny Durkan of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.  HANDOUT.

Quinn Emanuel Partner Seeks to Replace Disgraced Seattle Mayor

By Miriam Rozen |

Jenny Durkan, a former federal prosecutor who joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in early 2015 to open the firm’s Seattle office, has taken a leave of absence from the firm as she mounts a mayoral bid in her hometown. Ed Murray, Seattle’s soon-to-be-former-mayor, is set to resign amid a sex abuse scandal.

Judge Pauley

Firm's Engagement Letter Not Specific Enough to Beat Back Malpractice Suit

By Christine Simmons |

A Manhattan federal judge has refused to dismiss a $10 million legal malpractice suit against Seward & Kissel, finding that under the firm's broad terms in an engagement letter, its lawyers might have been expected to conduct due diligence on a party in a deal.

Stockholm, Sweden

White & Case Welcomes Six Lawyers on Three Continents

By Joseph Evans |

In its bid to expand its corporate practice in Europe, White & Case has hired a pair of private equity partners from a leading Scandinavian firm in Stockholm, as well as picking up an antitrust expert in Milan and two specialists in New York and Tokyo.

Daniel Saval at Kobre & Kim

Kobre & Kim Continues Expansion With Hire of Insolvency Partner in NY

By Scott Flaherty |

International disputes law firm Kobre & Kim has continued its string of recent hires with the addition of Daniel Saval, a cross-border insolvency partner who joins the firm's New York office from Brown Rudnick.

Department of Agriculture Headquarters, in Washington, DC.

Ex-Jones Day Associate Is Trump's Pick for USDA General Counsel

By Mike Scarcella |

Stephen Vaden, a former Jones Day associate in Washington who was on the Trump administration's landing team at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is now in line to lead the agency's legal team. Vaden, a Yale Law School graduate, has regularly spoken on administrative law and regulatory issues, and he formerly was an associate for several years at Squire Patton Boggs.

Uber CLO Salle Yoo

Chief Legal Officer Salle Yoo Will Leave Uber

By David Ruiz |

After five years with the ride-hailing giant, Yoo will leave the company she helped build.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners

Is It Time to Change Legal Malpractice Insurers?

By Randy Evans and Shari Klevens |

While every firm typically has unique considerations in deciding whether to change insurers, there are certain issues that may warrant exploring the options when renewal time is approaching.

Baker & McKenzie offices in New York.

Baker McKenzie Hires Big Law Veteran as New Client Development Chief

By Meghan Tribe |

Wendy Bernero, a veteran marketing executive who has worked at a handful of Am Law 100 firms, is heading back into the Big Law fray as she prepares to become head of client development for North America at Baker McKenzie, the global legal giant confirmed Tuesday.

Mark Dombroff appearing on C-SPAN

LeClairRyan Lands 17-Strong Aviation Group From Dentons

By Katelyn Polantz |

Dentons' former U.S. aviation group has landed at LeClairRyan, and the team is larger than what first appeared on the horizon.

Joel Sanders, former CFO at Dewey & LeBoeuf, during a break on the first day of trial.

DA Seeks Prison Sentence for Former Dewey CFO

By Christine Simmons |

The Manhattan district attorney is recommending the maximum sentence for former Dewey & LeBoeuf chief financial officer Joel Sanders, urging a New York judge that a prison sentence is "absolutely warranted."

Robert Sutton, author of the book “The No Asshole Rule

How to Deal With Assholes

By Vivia Chen |

Stanford University professor Robert Sutton just released his book, "The Asshole Survival Guide." Here's what the authority on corporate A-holes has to say.

Jeffrey I D Lewis, from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, in New York.

Norton Rose Nabs IP Litigator From Fried Frank

By Scott Flaherty |

Patent litigator Jeffrey Lewis, who focuses on pharma cases and was at Fried Frank for about two years, is a past president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Tina Tchen of Buckley Sandler.

Buckley Sandler Hires Michelle Obama's Longtime Chief of Staff

By Miriam Rozen |

Christina “Tina” Tchen, a former Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom partner who served as chief of staff to former First Lady Michelle Obama, has joined Buckley Sandler as head of the Washington, D.C.-based firm’s Chicago office.

Cravath's offices at 825 Eighth Ave.

Second Circuit Weighs Ordering Cravath to Provide Files to Dutch Court

By Andrew Denney |

Forcing Cravath, Swaine & Moore to hand over documents related to litigation against Royal Dutch Shell to a plaintiff seeking redress in Dutch courts would give rise to "discovery litigation tourism," an attorney for the firm said Tuesday in arguments before a federal appeals court.

Mark Klein, general counsel, litigation financing firm Burford Capital.

Longtime Financial Services In-House Attorney Joins Burford Capital as GC

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

Mark Klein is moving to the litigation financing firm.

Jennifer Newstead (File: 2003)

Davis Polk Partner Picked for State Dept. Legal Adviser Discloses $1.5M Partner Share

By C. Ryan Barber |

Davis Polk & Wardwell partner Jennifer Newstead, a veteran of the George W. Bush administration whom President Donald Trump nominated for U.S. State Department legal adviser, reported earning a $1.5 million partnership share between January 2016 and May of this year, according to documents the U.S. Office of Government Ethics posted Tuesday.

Ropes & Gray's Washington, D.C. offices. August 29, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Why Are So Many Partners Leaving Ropes & Gray?

By Rose Walker, Legal Week |

Firm leadership defends its strategy, particularly in London, and says they aren't worried about the future.

Ballard Spahr offices in Washington, D.C. March 24, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Ballard Spahr to Merge With Levine Sullivan, Growing Media Practice

By Lizzy McLellan and Christine Simmons |

In its second merger announcement in two weeks, Ballard Spahr has reached a deal to add 25 lawyers from media law boutique Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz.

Ralph Baxter, Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

Ex-Orrick Leader Finally Ready to Run for Congress

By Brian Baxter |

Ralph Baxter Jr., a former CEO of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe who retired to West Virginia four years ago, will announce Tuesday that he is going to run for Congress in the 2018 midterm elections. He spoke with The American Lawyer about the path that led him to pursue a new career in public service.

From left, Todd Blanche, Kyle DeYoung and Ellen Holloman

Cadwalader Hires Partner Trio to Boost Investigations Practice

By Christine Simmons |

In its first litigation partner hires this year, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft announced Monday it had brought on a trio of lawyers, including an attorney from the Securities and Exchange Commission.

A woman with her two children walk past debris left by Hurricane Irma in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.  The storm ravaged such lush resort islands as St. Martin, St. Barts, St. Thomas, Barbuda and Anguilla.

Offshore Firms in Caribbean Uprooted in Irma's Aftermath

By Roy Strom |

The offshore Magic Circle—a group of leading law firms predominantly based in offshore jurisdictions—scrambled Monday to locate lawyers and employees affected by the devastation left behind by Hurricane Irma, which tore through their operations in the British Virgin Islands.

Richard Cullen of McGuireWoods.

McGuireWoods' Cullen Stepping Down as Leadership Transition Looms

By Miriam Rozen |

Richard Cullen said his move to retire his leadership post reflects years of planning—and comes with a sense of accomplishment.

Kent and Jill Easter.

Disbarment for Lawyer Involved in Drug-Planting Plot

By Scott Flaherty |

Kent Easter, a California lawyer, has been prohibited from practicing law after he was found guilty of planting drugs in the car of a parent at his son's elementary school.

A Tale of Two Law Firm IPOs

By Chris Johnson |

Slater & Gordon is struggling a decade after its landmark initial public offering. But the U.K.-based Gately has so far thrived as a publicly traded law firm.

Orrick logo

Orrick’s Tech Take in Tackling GDPR Compliance

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Orrick’s new GDPR Readiness Assessment Tool offers a guided interview and tailored GDPR assessment report.

Dechert's Latest Lateral Binge Bolsters Corporate Group

By Meghan Tribe |

The Philadelphia-based Am Law 100 firm continued its hiring tear in 2017 by adding Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft structured finance partner Bruce Bloomingdale and White & Case M&A partner Nazim Zilkha in New York. Both lawyers previously worked with one another at Mayer Brown.

Michael Heller, with Cozen O’Connor

Cozen O'Connor CEO Says Firm's Growth Has Just Begun

By Lizzy McLellan |

In the next five years, CEO Michael Heller said, the firm could grow to between 700 and 1,000 lawyers.

Esther Kiobel.

Amnesty International Targets Cravath as Shell Discovery Fight Goes to 2nd Circuit

By Miriam Rozen |

Cravath is heading into Sept. 12 arguments backed by industry amici in a fight over its past work for Royal Dutch Shell.

John Servidio

Derivatives Pros Jump to Winston & Strawn

By Christine Simmons |

Winston & Strawn has brought on two New York lawyers in its derivatives and structured products group, amid what one called a strong pickup in demand for the practice.

Vincent Levy of Holwell Shuster & Goldberg in New York. July 10, 2015.  Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Small NY Firm Corrals Big Bipartisan Crowd for SCOTUS Case

By Miriam Rozen |

How did five-year-old Manhattan litigation boutique Holwell Shuster & Goldberg gather 65 former lawmakers to back its gerrymandering arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court?

Laura Perkins

Hughes Hubbard Adds Fraud Chief, Veteran FCPA Lawyer in DC

By Meghan Tribe |

After nearly a decade working for the U.S. Department of Justice, Laura Perkins is getting off the federal government’s payroll for a life in private practice. The veteran Foreign Corrupt Practices Act lawyer received some guidance from a legal recruiter with ties to the nation’s top court to find her new perch in Big Law.

Sidley Austin offices in Washington, D.C.

In City of Stars, Sidley Snags Appellate 'Van Damme'

By Rebecca Cohen |

Jean-Claude “J.C.” André, who spent the past decade as a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles, has joined Sidley Austin as a partner in its U.S. Supreme Court and appellate practice in the same city.

Left to right: Jeff Kuehnle,Craig Stahl and Mike Hatchell

Haynes and Boone Strengthens Practice Groups With Three Lateral Hires

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Haynes and Boone lured a Houston energy litigation team from Andrews Kurth Kenyon and an appellate lawyer in Austin.

Attorney Harold  Hudson answers questions  Tuesday about Diane McIver's will.

Lawyer Drafted Changes to Wills of McIver and His Wife Before She Died

By R. Robin McDonald |

An estate planning attorney hired by Atlanta lawyer Claud "Tex" McIver and his wife, Diane, has testified he drafted codicils for the couple's wills before McIver shot and killed his wife that, if executed, would alter Diane McIver's will that is now in probate.

Baker & Hostetler's Irving Picard

Madoff-Related Fees Grow to $925M for Baker & Hostetler

By Roy Strom |

It’s been nearly a decade since Irving Picard was appointed trustee of the funds recovered for victims of Bernard Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme. The matter is still generating payouts for victims and Baker & Hostetler, where Picard is a partner in New York.

Porter Wright is growing into the Western Pennsylvania market with the opening of an office in Pittsburgh, which will be led by local attorney Ellen Freeman

Pittsburgh Market Stays Hot for Out-of-Town Firms

By Lizzy McLellan |

Three out-of-town law firms—Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, Spilman Thomas & Battle and Cozen O'Connor—entered or expanded in the Pittsburgh market as the summer came to a close, keeping up the city's momentum as a hub for lateral hiring and law firm growth.

Jones Day.

Jones Day Adds Top Obama-Era Justice Department Lawyers

By Roy Strom |

After helping to stock the Trump administration with legal firepower, Jones Day brought on a pair of high-profile names from the Obama Justice Department, Benjamin Mizer and Shirlethia Franklin.

Greenberg Traurig sign

Decade-Old Suit Against Greenberg Traurig Appealed Again

By Christine Simmons |

Shortly after a Manhattan judge gutted a former hedge fund manager's potential damages against Greenberg Traurig, the judge has stayed the upcoming trial to allow for an appeal.

(l-r) Matthew Pawa, Benjamin Krass, and Wesley Kelman.

Eying Climate Change Cases, Hagens Berman Beefs Up Environmental Group

By Scott Flaherty |

Plaintiffs firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro has bolstered its environmental practice and added an office just outside Boston, absorbing the three-lawyer Pawa Law Group in an effort to pursue climate change litigation against companies.

Left to right: Bobby Burchfield and Ty Cobb.

Strange Days: Trump Lawyers Caught Up in Email, Inmate Dramas

By Brian Baxter |

King & Spalding partner Bobby Burchfield, the Trump Organization's top ethics counsel, and ex-Hogan Lovells partner Ty Cobb, who joined the White House this summer as a member of the president's legal defense team in special counsel Robert Mueller III's Russia investigation, saw their names emerge in two eyebrow-raising reports.

Hogan Lovells' Washington, D.C., offices.

Hogan Lovells Extends Senior Management Terms

By Chris Johnson |

Hogan Lovells has extended the terms of CEO Steve Immelt and deputy CEO David Hudd, the firm announced Thursday.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Summer's End Sees Partner Departures Mount at Wilson Sonsini

By Brian Baxter and Rebecca Cohen |

The first week of September saw Latham & Watkins pick up Wilson Sonsini’s privacy and data protection co-chair Michael Rubin, while three other Wilson Sonsini partners are poised to join Cooley. Matthew Sonsini, the son of Wilson Sonsini's septuagenarian chairman Larry Sonsini, has also left the firm for another family business.

David Krutz

Michael Best Adds Six Lawyers Amid Broader Growth Play

By Roy Strom |

The Milwaukee-based Am Law 200 firm has taken on six lawyers in Salt Lake City from Kruse Landa Maycock & Ricks, including three of the local firm’s name partners. The move is the latest expansion bid by Michael Best, the former home of Reince Priebus, as it seeks to outgrow its peers in a tepid market for demand.

Andrei Iancu, Irell & Manella

Irell & Manella Taps New Leader Ahead of Iancu's Potential Departure

By Rebecca Cohen |

Ellisen Turner has been named the next managing partner of Irell & Manella as the Los Angeles-based firm’s current leader, Andrei Iancu, was recently nominated to head the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Philadelphia.

Latest Law Firm Combinations Show Method to Merger Madness

By Lizzy McLellan |

When Philadelphia-based Ballard Spahr and Saul Ewing (now Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr) both announced significant mergers Tuesday with Midwestern firms of about 150 lawyers, the deals had more in common than timing and geography. Both highlight themes that have been propelling widespread consolidation in the industry, observers said.

Deborah Farone

Marketing Exec Leaves Cravath After Long Run

By Christine Simmons |

Deborah Farone, the longtime chief marketing director of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, is leaving to open her own marketing consultancy for law firms and other professional service providers.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C.

Federal Energy Panel Names Skadden Lawyer As General Counsel

By Sue Reisinger |

James Danly, a Skadden associate who has also served as a U.S. Army officer, will take over the post.

Bryan Cave, University of Colorado Partner for Legal Tech Internship

By Rhys Dipshan |

As a part of the Tech Lawyer Accelerator Program, a law student will join Bryan Cave’s outside counsel team in developing contract management systems for Red Robin’s legal department.

Florida Law Firms Bracing for Impact of Hurricane Irma

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

South Florida law firms were closely monitoring Hurricane Irma Wednesday.

Hogan Lovells offices at 555 13th Street, NW in Washington, D.C.  October 25, 2016.

Former FTC Chair Joins Hogan Lovells to Lead Antitrust Practice

By Chris Johnson |

Former Federal Trade Commission chair Edith Ramirez has joined Hogan Lovells as co-head of the firm's antitrust, competition and economic regulation practice.

Michael Leiter.

Ex-Counterterrorism Director Moves to Skadden

By Scott Flaherty |

The former director of the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center, Michael Leiter, has joined Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom's Washington office as a partner in the firm's national security practice.

Kremlin complex in Moscow

Eversheds Sutherland Moves Into Russia And Luxembourg With Triple Office Launch

By James Booth |

Eversheds Sutherland is opening three new offices in Russia and Luxembourg, with a series of team hires from Simmons & Simmons and Nordic firm Hannes Snellman.

E. Bart Daniel

Nelson Mullins Nabs A New White-Collar Leader

By Meghan Tribe |

Bart Daniel, a former top federal prosecutor in South Carolina, has closed up his own solo shop in Charleston to join Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough as a litigation partner and co-head of the firm’s white-collar crime and government investigations group.

Ex-Sedgwick Partner Who Sued Firm Finds New Home as Defections Continue

By Roy Strom and James Booth |

Traci Ribeiro, who settled a gender bias case against Sedgwick earlier this year, has found a new home. Meanwhile, other lawyers have left the firm in New York and Florida.

Houston Rockets' James Harden (13) goes up for a shot as Oklahoma City Thunder's Enes Kanter defends during the first half in Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Three Am Law 100 Firms Lift Off With Big Houston Rockets Sale

By Brian Baxter |

Baker Botts, DLA Piper and White & Case are advising on the record-setting $2.2 billion sale of the National Basketball Association’s Houston Rockets from former lawyer Leslie Alexander to casino and hospitality billionaire Tilman Fertitta.

Kasowitz Benson Torres' New York office at 1633 Broadway

Kasowitz Partner Pair Heads to Kirkland & Ellis

By Christine Simmons |

Two longtime Kasowitz Benson Torres attorneys, including a management committee member, are leaving the New York firm this week to join Kirkland & Ellis.

Greenberg Traurig's Miami office.

Greenberg Boosts Poland Office With Hire of Large Hogan Lovells Team

By Chris Johnson |

Greenberg Traurig has significantly bolstered its Warsaw office with the hire of an 11-lawyer real estate team from Hogan Lovells, including that firm's local practice head, Jolanta Nowakowska-Zimoch.

Norman Bay and Priya Aiyar of Willkie Farr & Gallagher.

Willkie Beefs Up Regulatory Practices with Former FERC Chair

By Katelyn Polantz |

Norman Bay, the former U.S. attorney for New Mexico and most recently chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and Priya Aiyar, previously the Treasury Department's acting general counsel, joined Willkie as partners Tuesday.

Clifford Chance offices in Washington, D.C.  March 24, 2015.  Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Clifford Chance Hires Two Disputes Partners in DC White-Collar Push

By Anna Ward |

Clifford Chance has added two disputes partners and a counsel to its office in Washington, D.C., as the Magic Circle firm seeks to build up its white-collar and regulatory practice in the U.S.

Sign Up for Webinar to Check In On the GC Thought Leaders Experiment

By Rebekah Mintzer |

The announcement of the GC Thought Leaders Experiment, along with the release of an open letter from a group of 25 general counsel at major companies who are among those participating in the project, generated a great deal of buzz. Now, those interested in hearing more from participating legal department leaders and getting a look at some of the project's early results, can tune in for a new webinar from AdvanceLaw.

Ballard Spahr offices in Washington, D.C. March 24, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Ballard Spahr Grows to 650 Lawyers With Lindquist & Vennum Deal

By Lizzy McLellan |

Ballard Spahr is combining with Minneapolis-based Lindquist & Vennum, the two firms announced Tuesday. The combined firm will operate under the name Ballard Spahr, and will have more than 650 lawyers across 15 offices.

Saul Ewing offices in Baltimore, MD.

Saul Ewing Merger With Arnstein & Lehr Creates New 400-Lawyer Firm

By Lizzy McLellan |

Philadelphia-based Saul Ewing and Chicago-based Arnstein & Lehr have merged, the firms announced Tuesday, creating a firm of more than 400 lawyers with 15 offices across the Northeast, Midwest and Florida. The combined firm will be called Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr.

Stepping Up: The 2017 GC Compensation Survey

By Stephanie Forshee |

The latest edition of our General Counsel Compensation Survey shows that pay packages are getting bigger—and that there's a new face at the top of the rankings.

Winston & Strawn's Expansion Efforts Continue in California

By Rebecca Cohen |

The Am Law 100 firm, which has been busy on the lateral hiring front in 2017, has added two intellectual property partners in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Aaron Marks

Leading Partner at Kasowitz Benson to Leave for Kirkland & Ellis

By Christine Simmons |

Aaron Marks, one of the leading partners at Kasowitz Benson Torres, is leaving the firm to join Kirkland & Ellis, he confirmed.

Judge William Orrick III, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Federal Judge Sanctions Two California Lawyers in Abortion Videos Case

By Cheryl Miller |

A federal judge has sanctioned two California lawyers for civil contempt rooted in their roles in posting secretly recorded videos of abortion providers that had been barred from public release by an injunction. Judge William Orrick, however, in his sanctions order, slashed the fees requested by the Morrison & Foerster team that represented the plaintiff, the National Abortion Federation, in the suit.

Original Steptoe Steps in to Advise 16 Different Schools

By Meghan Tribe |

In a unique and somewhat unusual arrangement, 16 colleges across the U.S. have all agreed that just one law firm—West Virginia-based Steptoe & Johnson PLLC—will provide legal services to their institutions. Just don’t confuse the firm with its Washington, D.C.-based doppelgänger.

Debevoise & Plimpton

Debevoise Picks Up Clifford Chance Insurance Pro

By Rose Walker |

After more than two decades at Magic Circle firm Clifford Chance in London, insurance partner Claire Swirski is heading to Debevoise & Plimpton’s office in the city.

Legal Industry's Job Numbers Stall in Summer Heat

By Scott Flaherty |

Employment in the U.S. legal sector remained largely unchanged in August, adding 100 jobs alongside modest employment gains posted by the U.S. economy overall, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

World's First Publicly Traded Law Firm to Split Its Business

By James Booth |

The troubled U.K. business of Australia-based Slater & Gordon, which became the world’s first publicly traded law firm a decade ago, will be divided from its parent into a holding company owned by the indebted firm’s senior lenders.

William Johnston of W. Johnston Associates.

Law Firm Leader, Are You Protecting Your Firm's Future?

By William G. Johnston |

A look at the one leadership trait law firms often fail to look for—the ability to groom the next generation of leaders.

Houston’s flooded streets due to Hurricane Harvey.

Technology Lets Workday Continue for Houston Law Firms, Legal Tech Companies Despite Flooding

By Ed Silverstein |

Having a business continuity plan and internal communication ahead of time helped legal organizations weather the storm.

Alisha Marks Tischler, Executive Vice President of Schwartz Media Strategies.

Instagram: The Next Frontier for Law Firm Branding

By ALISHA MARKS TISCHLER |

Law firms are finally catching on to the social media craze after years of reluctance that saw companies in other industries strengthen their brands online. A My Case study found that 57 percent of law firms now maintain a LinkedIn presence, 35 percent are on Facebook and 21 percent are using Twitter.

The famous catch by former UCLA football player Rodney Lee.

Loeb & Loeb's Latest Lateral Hire Has Some College Football History

By Roy Strom |

Trusts and estates litigator Rodney Lee joined Loeb & Loeb’s Los Angeles office last month from a mid-size firm in Beverly Hills. But Lee’s new partners may remember him for making one of the greatest catches in UCLA football history in a game that helped the Bruins defeat archrival USC in 1996.

Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates winning during US Open Championships day against Simona Halep of Romania at Billie Jean King Tennis center, New York - August 28, 2017.

Maria Sharapova's Return Has No. 1 Fan in Fox Rothschild Partner

By Meghan Tribe |

Maria Sharapova is set to take the court Friday night at the U.S. Open in New York, the latest step in a return to the court for the five-time Grand Slam champion following a 15-month ban for taking the banned substance meldonium. Cheering her on will be Fox Rothschild’s litigation co-chair John Haggerty.

Manatt offices in Washington, D.C.  April 8, 2015.  Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

LA Recruiter Scores Litigation Win Against Manatt Over Laterals

By Scott Flaherty |

A California jury ordered Manatt, Phelps & Phillips to fork over $335,000 to a legal recruiter who sued the firm alleging it breached an oral contract related to its hires of financial services partners Donna Wilson and John McGuinness in 2013.

Kirkland & Ellis offices in Washington, D.C. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Kirkland Adds Two More Ropes & Gray Lawyers in London

By Rose Walker |

A week after adding a five-partner team from Ropes & Gray on three continents, Kirkland & Ellis has returned to the firm for two more lateral hires.

Death to Performance Reviews! (Well, One Can Hope)

By Vivia Chen |

Columnist Vivia Chen, and many others, take issue with the law firm performance review. But will it ever really change?

After Retirement, Planning a Second, Third and Fourth Act

By Roy Strom |

Jeremy Gilman retired from Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff earlier this month on his 62nd birthday. He’s already put out an album, is working on a second and has plans to write a blog and launch “new media” startups. Oh, and he’s hanging his own shingle.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Ex-Defense Department Deputy GC Joins Wilson Sonsini

By Rebecca Cohen |

Wilson Sonsini has welcomed aboard of counsel Elizabeth George, a former associate White House counsel in the Obama administration who most recently served as deputy general counsel at the U.S. Department of Defense in Washington, D.C., for its privacy and data protection practice in San Francisco.

Spanish legal and tax services firm Garrigues

Spain's Garrigues Continues Latin America Push

By Chris Johnson |

Spanish legal and tax services firm Garrigues has continued to expand its fast-growing Latin America practice with the hire of a Chile labor and employment expert.

Alan M. Dershowitz argues at the Appellate Division

Famed Litigator Alan Dershowitz Defeats Accuser Seeking Sanctions

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appellate court ruled against a woman seeking sanctions against famed litigator Alan Dershowitz.

Lone Star Legal Aid staff and a volunteer lawyer.

Legal Aid Begins Offering Legal Advice to Harvey Victims at Houston Shelters

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Legal aid staffers and volunteer lawyers are giving out legal aid informational flyers to Hurricane Harvey victims at large shelters in Houston.

business-people-walking

How Many Excess Partners Does Your Firm Have?

By Hugh A. Simons |

Strategist Hugh Simons lays out how many excess partners reside in the Am Law 200 and what that means at the next economic downturn.

Two Snowhill, Birmingham City Centre.

Anglo-Canadian Legal Giant Unveils First-Ever Combined Financials

By James Booth |

Gowling WLG, a roughly 1,400-lawyer firm formed last year following a cross-border combination between British firm Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co and Canadian firm Gowling Lafleur Henderson, earned enough during fiscal 2016-17 to make The Am Law 100 list if it was eligible. The firm does not have an office in the U.S.

Left to right: Chris Michel, Frederick Liu and Michael Huston

Solicitor General's Office Fills Ranks With Big Law Hires

By Tony Mauro |

Three lawyers who clerked for Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. are leaving Big Law for prestigious posts in the U.S. Solicitor General’s Office.

White Working Class, by Joan C. Williams.

Lawyers, You Are to Blame for Donald Trump

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

To all you Prosecco-sipping, kale chip-munching elites out there in Big Law Land, listen up.

In Bid to Retain Talent, Quinn Emanuel Creates New Bonus Pool

By Rebecca Cohen |

Second- through sixth-year associates at bonus-happy Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan will receive supplemental rewards based on the firm’s performance, chairman John Quinn announced in a memo Tuesday. But there’s a catch.

Kinky Briefs Too

The Sexy Associate and the Seductive Partner? Ex-Lawyer Has Written Them All

By Katelyn Polantz |

The writer Seelie Kay—that’s a pseudonym—used to work at large law firms in Milwaukee. But over the past year, she has spun the fairly mundane into erotic fantasy by writing dozens of short stories about lawyers, judges and others in the legal profession in various states of undress and ecstasy.

Pepe the Frog

Wilmer Helps 'Pepe the Frog' Creator Beat Back Alt-Right Ties

By Scott Flaherty |

The creator of the online comic strip character that grew into an internet meme has stopped an alt-right children's book from using the character.

Multiple white nationalist groups march with torches through the UVA campus in Charlottesville, Va., on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017.

Should Law Firms Have Commented on Trump and Charlottesville?

By Chris Johnson |

The world's elite law firms have historically been extremely reluctant to take a public position on matters that don't directly relate to their own businesses.

Residents from Bayou Parc at Oak Forest carry their belongings while evacuating the apartment complex during the Tropical Storm Harvey, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston.

Lawyers Gear Up to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

With Hurricane Harvey rains continuing to drench Houston, bar associations and legal aid organizations are gearing up to provide legal help to hurricane victims, and firms have pledged money to support aid even as their Houston offices remain closed.

Daniel W. Linna Jr., Director of LegalRnD & Professor of Law in Residence, Michigan State University College of Law.

New ‘Innovation Index’ Tracks Law Firm Technology Focuses

By Gabrielle Orum Hernandez |

The new index, spearheaded by Michigan State’s Daniel Linna, is an effort to infuse data into legal services innovation.

Quinn Emanuel Opens Ninth European Office in Stuttgart

By Joseph Evans |

The high-powered global litigation firm has opened an office in Stuttgart—its ninth in Europe and its fourth in Germany.

Simpson Thacher Adds Allen & Overy Practice Leader in DC

By Meghan Tribe |

John Terzaken, co-head of the global antitrust practice at Allen & Overy and head of the Magic Circle firm’s investigations and litigation practice in Washington, D.C., is poised to join Simpson Thacher & Bartlett as a partner in the nation’s capital.

Andrei Iancu, Irell & Manella

Trump PTO Pick Gets Boost From IP Bar, Patent Lobbies

By Scott Graham |

But biotech and pharmaceutical groups are in wait-and-see mode on the expected nomination of Irell & Manella partner Andrei Iancu to head the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

People climbing out of dump truck at George R. Brown Convention Center, which is a shelter in Houston.

Hurricane Harvey Record Rainfall Floods Lawyers' Homes, Shutters Law Firms

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The torrential rain in Houston from Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in South Texas on Aug. 25, is disrupting the nation's fourth-largest city, has led to eight reported deaths and is prompting Houston lawyers to work from home, if they are lucky enough to have power.

Back row: Lawrence Klein, Gregory Lahr, Jovana Vuyovic, Matthew Mazzola and Daniel Bryer. Front row: Michael Bernstein, Peter Fabiankovic, Marc Haas, Cara Vecchione and Stephen Goldman.

Amid Mounting Losses, 12 Sedgwick Lawyers Move to Robinson & Cole

By Roy Strom |

A group of 12 lawyers, including four partners, have joined Am Law 200 firm Robinson & Cole in New York and Miami in the latest round of defections from the reeling Sedgwick, which has lost more than 30 partners so far this year.

Heather Heyer Memorial

Heather Heyer's Law Firm Starts Foundation in Her Honor

By Meghan Tribe |

A day after the MTV Video Music Awards honored Heather Heyer, a legal assistant killed earlier this month in Charlottesville, Virginia, a high-powered entertainment industry law firm announced Monday that it would be among the first to support her former employer in its effort to start a nonprofit organization in her memory.

Hogan Lovells offices at 555 13th Street, NW in Washington, D.C. October 25, 2016.

Former ITC Judge Joins Hogan Lovells IP Group in DC

By Scott Flaherty |

Former U.S. International Trade Commission Judge Theodore Essex has joined Hogan Lovells' intellectual property practice in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Monday.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) rests during an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 in Los Angeles. The Rams won the game, 13-10. (Greg Trott via AP)

This Ex-Dewey Lawyer Wants to Save Your Fantasy Football Team

By Brian Baxter |

Former Dewey & LeBoeuf and Jones Day associate Frank Salzano is trying to help his star client—Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott—get back on the field for the start of the National Football League season, now less than two weeks away.

Manatt offices in Washington, D.C.  April 8, 2015.  Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

A New Crown Rises as Manatt's Consulting Group Breaks Away

By Rebecca Cohen |

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips’ consulting arm is no more. Monarch Global Strategies LLC opened on Aug. 1 with offices in four cities after Manatt Global Strategies closed its doors. The new venture is comprised of several Manatt Global executives, including the latter’s former president Michael Camuñez and ex-chairman James Jones.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Paul Manafort's Lawyer Leaves His Firm Two Weeks After Taking Case

By Katelyn Polantz |

Kevin Downing, a tax partner at Miller & Chevalier in Washington, D.C., left the firm Thursday. He will continue to advise President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who reportedly received subpoenas Friday from a federal grand jury probing a public relations firm that did work for Ukraine.

Andrei Iancu of Irell & Manella. HANDOUT.

Irell's Andrei Iancu Is Trump's Choice for PTO Director

By Scott Graham |

Andrei Iancu, a heavy-hitting patent litigator and managing partner of Irell & Manella has been tapped to replace Michelle Lee as director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Ex-Client Claims Winston Overbilled, With 'Absentee' Leadership

By Christine Simmons |

A real estate developer sued by Winston & Strawn for failing to pay legal fees contends the law firm excessively billed and failed to have the relationship partner play a meaningful role.

Perkins Coie Partner Wears Many Hats, Including Entrepreneur

By Meghan Tribe |

During the day, Brian Potts is an energy and environment partner at Perkins Coie. On the side, he is the founder and creator of LegalBoard, a keyboard for lawyers, as well as a co-founder of Goods Unite Us, an online marketplace that tracks companies based on campaign contributions to Republican candidates.

Dear Client, I'm on Vacation. So Bug Off.

By Vivia Chen |

Who wants to read serious, long-winded pieces about the legal profession in late August? No one. Certainly, not moi. So here's the beach edition of the latest news

A cat runs across the field at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Aug. 9, 2017, during the sixth inning of a baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals. Moments later, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina hit a grand slam. The so-called Rally Cat may be returning soon. The Cardinals have now staked their claim to the famous feline. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The Rally Cat Isn't the Story, But His Big Mouth Lawyer Is

By Roy Strom |

Major League Baseball's St. Louis Cardinals stepped into a minefield in a viral custody battle over the so-called Rally Cat. How could the team know that the lawyer on the other side of its feline fight would have a history garnering outsize media attention for trivial cases?

Books and glasses

What the Reaction to the Term 'Nonlawyer' Says About Law Firm Caste Systems

By Gina Passarella |

The legal marketing community took issue with The American Lawyer's use of "nonlawyer" in a story. Here's why.

Modern web network and internet telecommunication technology, big data storage and cloud computing computer service business concept: 3D render of the server room interior in datacenter in blue light

Bryan Cave Announces Data Center Service to Solve Physical Storage Woes

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The firm's new service aims to help organizations with legal issues involving data centers, as it aims to 'develop the sky for the cloud.'

Mark Dombroff appearing on C-SPAN

Dentons’ US Aviation Group Packs Its Bags for LeClairRyan

By Katelyn Polantz |

The global legal giant is set to lose its U.S. aviation practice to LeClairRyan, according to two people who follow the practice area. The group, which includes partner Mark Dombroff in Tysons, Virginia, is known for its representation of aviation industry clients after plane crashes.

Holland & Knight Obtains $772K Judgment Against Ex-Partner

By Christine Simmons |

Former trusts and estates partner Charles Gibbs is continuing his claims against the firm for fees he says he is still owed.

Douglas Lumish, Latham & Watkins partner

Latham Avoids DQ in Amazon Case

By Scott Graham |

A patent case filed against Amazon in Texas and transferred to California raised an interesting choice-of-law question for U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar, who ruled it's too late to disqualify Latham from the case.

Attorney Discipline

After Wedding, an Associate's Overbilling Leads to a Suspension

By Roy Strom |

A former Faegre Baker Daniels associate's law license was suspended for nine months after she inflated or fabricated time entries worth nearly $40,000 to meet a billable hour expectation. Inexcusable, sure. But an expert said it is symptomatic of the pressure Big Law lawyers face to meet hourly requirements.

Litigator and NFL Nemesis Quinn Trains Barbs at Football Establishment

By Todd Cunningham |

As the NFL enters a new season less than two weeks from now, it's never spun more cash nor spun off more controversy. And legendary litigator and antitrust specialist James Quinn, one of the country's most experienced sports lawyers, has no shortage of observations to make, and work to do, in football-related matters.

Ex-Locke Lord Practice Leader Heads to IP Boutique

By Meghan Tribe |

Maria Scungio, co-chair of the trademark, copyright and advertising practice at Locke Lord, has left the firm to join Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks in New York. Scungio is the latest former partner at Edwards Wildman Palmer—absorbed by Locke Lord in early 2015—to leave the combined firm.

Law School Whiz Kids: Where Are They Now?

By LEIGH JONES AND KAREN SLOAN |
Allen & Overy’s Washington, D.C. offices.

Law Firm AI Provider Among 8 Companies Selected for Allen & Overy Tech Startup Initiative

By Chris Johnson |

Allen & Overy has selected eight companies to be part of the firm's new tech startup initiative, called Fuse.

Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the premier league match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester. Picture date 13th August 2017.

NFL? The Premier League is Here—and So Are the Lawyers

By Joseph Evans |

The National Football League season is approaching in the U.S., but across the pond, lawyers are reaping the benefits from a record-setting summer for soccer players in the U.K. Several firms have scored big on deals in the English Premier League, where clubs are setting new spending records in the search for talent.

Brian Michael

LA Hire Marks King & Spalding's Latest Litigation Addition

By Rebecca Cohen |

King & Spalding has hired white-collar litigation partner Brian Michael in Los Angeles, where he was deputy general counsel at 21st Century Fox and group chief compliance officer at the Fox Networks Group. Michael comes to King & Spalding a week after the firm opened an office in Chicago by adding another ex-federal prosecutor.

Weil Bankruptcy Partner Reunites With Mentor at Proskauer

By Meghan Tribe |

Proskauer Rose has hired Weil, Gotshal & Manges partner Brian Rosen for its business solutions, governance, restructuring and bankruptcy group in New York. Rosen had worked at Weil for 33 years.

Scott Miller

Citing Philosophical Differences, Lawyer Leads Team From Marshall Dennehey to Kaufman Dolowich

By Christine Simmons |

A group of eight construction lawyers left 500-attorney Marshall Dennehey for 135-attorney Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck.

Two Big Law Firms Shed Partners Ahead of Mergers

By Anna Ward and Brian Baxter |

Australia's Henry Davis York and British firm Olswang both saw large groups of partners leave their ranks prior to combinations. Filings in the U.K. reveal that Olswang shed almost one-third of its partnership prior to combining with CMS Cameron McKenna and Nabarro earlier this year.

Ex-Steptoe Associate Slams Firm's Bid to Arbitrate Gender Bias Suit

By Scott Flaherty |

A former Steptoe & Johnson associate urged a Los Angeles federal court not to send a proposed class action into private arbitration, arguing that case law should prevent the firm from burying her gender bias allegations in a secret proceeding.

DLA Piper Picks Up Ex-Gibson Dunn, Kirkland Partners

By James Booth |

The global legal giant has made a double partner hire for its leveraged finance practice in London and Hong Kong.

Netherland

Dentons Hires Baker McKenzie Team to Launch Dutch Tax Practice

By Joseph Evans |

Dentons has recruited a quartet of lawyers from Baker McKenzie to head up the launch of a tax practice in the Netherlands. The hires, which include two partners, are the first by the global legal giant since its Netherlands launch in May through a combination with local firm Boekel.

British Television General Counsel to Join London Media Law Boutique

By Chris Johnson |

The former general counsel of British television station Channel 4 will be joining London media law boutique Reviewed & Cleared.

Recruiter Seeks $1.3M From Baker Donelson Over Unpaid Merger Fee

By Roy Strom |

Philadelphia-based Abelson Legal Search claims that Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz owes it $350,000 as a result of its combination last year with Baltimore's Ober Kaler. The suit filed in a federal court in Memphis also seeks $1 million in punitive damages.

Deborah Greenspan

DOJ Eyes Conflict in Blank Rome's 9/11 Victim Fund Work

By Lizzy McLellan |

A recent report has raised questions about a Blank Rome lawyer's work as deputy special master for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, through which she appears to have approved millions of dollars' worth of contracts between her own law firm and the fund.

Steve Wernikoff

Honigman Hires FTC Vet to Steer Driverless Car Practice Push

By Roy Strom |

Steven Wernikoff, a 17-year veteran of the Federal Trade Commission, will co-lead Detroit-based Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn’s practice advising on issues related to the fast-growing field of autonomous vehicles.

Judge Slashes Damages Argument Against Greenberg Traurig

By Christine Simmons |

A Manhattan judge has gutted the potential damages a former hedge fund manager can claim against Greenberg Traurig and a former partner in a case involving relevant documents allegedly being burnt while making tea.

Rey Pascual, Pascual LLC, Atlanta.

Pascual Leaves Paul Hastings to Go Solo

By Meredith Hobbs |

After 30 years at big firms, securities and M&A lawyer Rey Pascual has gone solo, becoming outside general counsel for several longtime clients.

Gibson Dunn's LA Office Adds Munger Tolles' Masuda

By Meghan Tribe |

Kevin Masuda, a longtime media and entertainment partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson, has joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as a partner in Los Angeles.

Court Filing Claims Linklaters Bailed on Qatar Loan to Barclays

By James Booth |

The Magic Circle firm appears to have refused to advise the Persian Gulf state in connection with a controversial $3 billion loan at the height of the 2008 financial crisis amid concerns over its legality, according to papers filed with a court in London.

Standing at the Crossroads of Legal Innovation

By Teresa J. Walker, Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report |

The law firm business model of the past is under attack. Slowly, private legal is responding with things like developing knowledge management systems, establishing jobs for data analysts who can establish pricing of services and beginning to look at ways to outline workflows and processes. Unfortunately, corporate clients are impatient and are beginning to push harder for improved efficiency and increased speed of service delivery.

Mar 5, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) drives to the basket while being defended by Charlotte Bobcats power forward Anthony Tolliver (43) during the second half at Time Warner Cable Arena. Bobcats won 109-87. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Wachtell, Sheppard Mullin Tapped for NBA's Paul George Probe

By Brian Baxter |

The two Am Law 100 firms are advising the National Basketball Association and Los Angeles Lakers, respectively, in an investigation into whether the latter tampered with former Indianapolis Pacers star forward Paul George.

First Half Financials Surprise on Strength of Biggest, Most Profitable Firms

By Roy Strom |

Joining a crowd of positive reports on law firms’ first half financial performance, Wells Fargo Private Bank said Tuesday that the first half of 2017 was a surprising financial success for law firms, largely thanks to the performance of the largest and most profitable among them.

Shkreli's Ex-Lawyer Faces 'Kafkaesque' Trial, Defense Attorneys Say

By Christine Simmons |

Indicted corporate lawyer Evan Greebel said it "shocks the conscience" that prosecutors haven't dropped a wire fraud conspiracy charge against him in light of the acquittal of his co-defendant, Martin Shkreli, on the same count. Greebel once worked at Katten Muchin Rosenman and Kaye Scholer.

Blank Rome, Cozen O'Connor Can't Shake Investors' Lawsuit

By Lizzy McLellan |

An investor group's federal lawsuit against Blank Rome, Cozen O'Connor and Cushman & Wakefield won't be stopped by Pennsylvania's statute of limitations, but claims brought by three of the plaintiffs, including British real estate tycoon Berish Berger, have been thrown out.

Clear Corporate Services screenshot

Looking for a Career Change, Big Law Veteran Lands in Barcelona

By Meghan Tribe |

After nearly 16 years at King & Spalding in New York and Dubai, corporate partner Benjamin Newland recently left the firm to start his own company called Clear Corporate Services LLC. Newland, a founder and president of CCS, has also just moved his family to Spain. It's all part of his big departure from Big Law.

Alexandra Walsh, left, and Beth Wilkinson of Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz.

Wilkinson Walsh Lures SCOTUS Clerks With $350K Bonuses, Hires in 3 Cities

By Katelyn Polantz |

The trial boutique Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz has hired two clerks from the most recent U.S. Supreme Court term, and in the process it appears to have set a new high for incoming associate bonuses.

Let's Talk About Charlottesville and Lawyering in the Age of Trump

By LAW.COM EDITORS |

Recent events in Charlottesville and the White House response have put the nation on edge and compelled leaders of U.S. businesses and law firms to speak out. The New York Times wrote last week that we’re witnessing a “broad recasting of the voice of business in the nation’s political and social dialogue.”

Why Turning Your Back on a Growing Practice Area Is Sometimes the Right Thing To Do

By Chris Johnson |

It's always interesting when Big Law firms take opposing views on a matter of strategy, whether it's their approach to equity and compensation, or the merits of a particular practice area or geography.

Ropes & Gray Lawyer Found Dead in Nantucket Surf

By Brian Baxter |

Terrell “Terry” Iandiorio, a 46-year-old litigation and government enforcement counsel at Ropes & Gray in Boston, drowned in a rip current last week in Nantucket, a popular island getaway off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Bill Cosby.

Cosby Gets New Legal Team Led by Michael Jackson's Lawyer

By Lizzy McLellan |

Bill Cosby has a new lawyer, and he’s no rookie to the world of high-profile celebrity criminal trials. Cosby’s new lawyers are Tom Mesereau, Kathleen Bliss, and local counsel Sam Silver, spokesman Andrew Wyatt announced Monday. Mesereau, of Los Angeles, is best known for representing Michael Jackson in a 2005 trial over alleged child molestation. Jackson was acquitted of the charges.

Blockchain

A Seat at the Table: Blockchain Alliance Adds Legal Working Group

By Rhys Dipshan |

Composed of 10 law firms and three law schools, the Legal Industry Working Group will focus on blockchain policy matters.

Travis Kalanick.

Travis Kalanick Taps Williams & Connolly in Fight Over Uber Board Seat

By TOM MCPARLAND |

Travis Kalanick, the former CEO of Uber Technologies Inc., pushed back late Thursday against an investor’s attempt to force him off the ride-hailing company’s board, saying that a dispute over his control of three board seats must be settled in arbitration.

Douglas Baldridge, front, heads in for the morning session in the civil trial for pop singer Taylor Swift, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, in Denver.

Taylor Swift's Lawyer Tells All

By JENNA GREENE |

Forgive the tabloid headline. Venable partner J. Douglas Baldridge is actually quite discreet when discussing his famous client. But he spent last week litigating under a blinding media spotlight, with everyone from People Magazine and Inside Edition to The New York Times covering Taylor Swift’s six-day federal trial in Denver.

ABA president Hilarie Bass addresses the House of Delegates at the ABA annual meeting in New York on Aug. 14.

ABA Grapples With Political Voice in Trump Era

By Christine Simmons |

President Donald Trump's rhetoric and actions continue to test the American Bar Association as it pursues its core goals, which include upholding the rule of law, enhancing diversity and eliminating bias.

Walter

Ex-Foley & Lardner Partner Enters Not-Guilty Plea in Case Alleging Insider Trading

By Scott Flaherty |

Following insider trading charges brought in May, former Bradley Arant Boult Cummings and Foley & Lardner partner Walter "Chet" Little formally denied the allegations in court on Thursday, entering a not-guilty plea alongside a co-defendant in the criminal case.

A Baltimore Police booth near the city's Penn Station.

Venable Vies for Baltimore Police Monitor Role as Sheppard Mullin Re-Ups in New Orleans

By Scott Flaherty |

As Baltimore nears a recommendation for a police monitor under a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice, Venable remains as the only law firm in a select group of finalists vying for the role. Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, meanwhile, has signed on for an additional three years—and fees of up to $6.4 million—in a similar role in New Orleans after its selection in 2013.

Slaughters Reviews Associate Appraisal Process in Wake of Pay Overhaul

By Anna Ward |

Slaughter and May has kicked off a review of the way it appraises its associates, after the firm opted to move away from performance-based pay earlier this year.

Pepper Hamilton

Pepper Hamilton Adds Consumer Finance Head From Alston & Bird

By Lizzy McLellan |

Pepper Hamilton has a new practice leader focused on consumer finance, after hiring mortgage banking industry veteran Scott Samlin away from Alston & Bird in New York.

In Virtual Merger, FisherBroyles Adds More Work-From-Home IP Lawyers

By Roy Strom |

Charles Yang’s three-lawyer, cloud-based Ntellect Law found a fitting home this month when it merged with FisherBroyles, a pioneering firm that claims to be the largest in a growing crowd of virtual or cloud-based law firms.

Thomas Linguanti

Morgan Lewis Lands a New Tax Man in Bill-Slashing Baker McKenzie Partner

By Roy Strom |

Baker McKenzie's North America tax practice head Tom Linguanti has left the global legal giant to join Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. By linking up with John Magee, a high-profile tax controversy partner at his new firm, Linguanti finds himself on a team that over the years he often competed against for work.

In Trump Era, Akin Gump's New Pro Bono Counsel Eyes Challenges

By McKenna Moore |

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, known for its work in the pro bono arena, has named Lauren Connell as its new pro bono counsel. Connell succeeds Fiona Brett, a well-regarded pro bono lawyer who suffered a personal tragedy last year, as she prepares to leave the firm.

Paul Eberle of Husch Blackwell.

Husch Blackwell's Next Leader is a Newly Employed Non-Lawyer

By Miriam Rozen |

Paul Eberle, the newly-elected CEO at Husch Blackwell, only joined the Am Law 100 firm a year ago as a result of its merger with Milwaukee-based Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek.

After a Long In-House Career, Tennis Enthusiast Takes Act to DLA Piper

By Meghan Tribe |

Four decades after taking the court at what would eventually become the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, a longtime in-house lawyer at American International Group Inc. is headed to DLA Piper in New York, although he won’t be in attendance for the first serve festivities that start in the city later this month.

President Donald Trump speaks to the media in the lobby of Trump Tower, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 in New York.

Jewish Lawyers in Trump Orbit Stay (Mostly) Silent After Charlottesville

By Miriam Rozen |

Do the prominent lawyers representing President Donald Trump, his family and his administration—many of them Jewish—have a duty to object publicly to his comments about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia?

crisis

Law Firms Still Suck at Business Development, Survey Finds

By Chris Johnson |

Business development folks at large law firms should look away now.

President-elect Donald Trump speaks as attorney Sheri Dillon listens during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, in New York. The news conference was his first as President-elect.

Trump Teaches Big Law a Lesson

By Steven J. Harper |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius is notching short-term gains at the risk of long-term pain from its most famous client, argues Steven J. Harper.

Real Fake News: Washington, DC's Unpredicted Solar Eclipse

By Richard Ben-Veniste |

How Mayer Brown's Richard Ben-Veniste earned a gold record for helping a client blot out the sun.

John Dowd.

Trump Lawyer John Dowd Forwards Email Equating Confederate Leader With George Washington

By David Bario |

After President Donald Trump said there were “very fine people on both sides” of the violent clashes in Charlottesville, one of his top lawyers circulated an email equating Confederate general Robert E. Lee with George Washington and saying Black Lives Matter had been “totally infiltrated” by terrorists, The New York Times reported.

Hogan Lovells offices at 555 13th Street, NW in Washington, D.C. October 25, 2016.

Hogan Lovells Hollers at HayBoo for Latest Lateral Hire

By Meghan Tribe |

Ricardo “Rick” Martinez, co-leader of the trade and export finance practice at Haynes and Boone, has joined Hogan Lovells as a partner in New York.

David Friedman, left, and Robert Durst

Accused Killer Robert Durst Among Israel Ambassador's Clients at Kasowitz Firm

By Christine Simmons |

Before he became U.S. ambassador to Israel, former Kasowitz Benson Torres bankruptcy partner David Friedman represented real estate heir Robert Durst, who is listed in Friedman's U.S. government ethics disclosure. The disclosure form also shows Friedman made about $2.7 million from his partnership share in 2016.

Zachary Fardon of King & Spalding in Chicago.

King & Spalding's Latest Lateral Recruit Has Firm Headed to Chicago

By Roy Strom |

Rather than return to Latham & Watkins, Zachary Fardon chose to build a King & Spalding office from the ground up in Chicago. He said he will build his new firm’s Windy City outpost with a focus on “caring, kindness and civility,” noting that those “those couplings are maybe too rare in the Big Law business.”

UK Litigation Funder Woodsford Puts $20M Toward Lewis Baach

By Scott Flaherty |

London-based Woodsford Litigation Funding Ltd. on Wednesday announced a $20 million investment deal with litigation boutique Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss—a move that comes less than a month after Woodsford opened its first U.S. outpost in Philadelphia.

Judge William Alsup, United States District Court for the Northern District of California speaks at a remembering Supreme Court Justice William Douglas event

MoFo Lawyers May Take Stand At Waymo-Uber Trial

By Ben Hancock |

A federal judge said Wednesday he might make the firm's attorneys explain to the jury why they withheld files from an ex-Waymo engineer.

Kobre & Kim partners Steven Kobre, left, and Michael Kim, right.

Is Change Now Unstoppable for Law Firm Billing?

By Miriam Rozen |

New billing models are about to sweep the industry, according to one law firm leader who says alternative fees helped catapult his firm onto The Am Law 200 just 14 years after he founded it.

Allen & Overy’s Washington, D.C. offices.

Allen & Overy Adds Ashurst Finance Partner in NYC

By Rose Walker |

Less than a month after six partners left London-based legal giant Ashurst's New York office, one of those defectors, Lawrence Berkovich, has reemerged at Allen & Overy.

Rajesh De.

Former Top NSA Lawyer Talks Spying, Leaks and Cybersecurity in the Age of Trump

By BEN HANCOCK |

When Rajesh De was first approached about joining the National Security Agency as its general counsel, advisers warned him he might be the last person standing between a free democracy and an Orwellian surveillance program. The reality wasn’t quite so dramatic, says De, who also served in the Obama White House and is now a partner at Mayer Brown. But during his tenure, what was long known as “No Such Agency” was forced to confront just how secret it really needed to be after the leaks by Edward Snowden.

Century City..Photo by Jason Doiy.11-21-05.039-2005.

Milbank Lands Latham Partner in Los Angeles

By Rebecca Cohen |

Latham & Watkins corporate partner Casey Fleck, who joined the firm in 2012 from Skadden, has left for Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy’s office in Century City, California.

Neo-Nazis, white supremecists and other alt-right factions scuffled with counter-demonstrators near Emancipation Park (Formerly

Big Law Responds to Trump's Charlottesville Protest Remarks

By Meghan Tribe |

In the days following the violent clashes between rival groups of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, that killed a 32-year-old legal assistant, some corporate executives have openly criticized President Donald Trump for his delay in condemning white supremacists. Some Big Law leaders have reacted to the president’s response.

Sedgwick to Close DC Office as Partners Join Troutman Sanders

By Katelyn Polantz |

Sedgwick will be without an office in Washington, D.C., after its last two partners in the nation's capital, Barbara Werther and David Mancini, moved to Troutman Sanders with one associate this week.

Scott Mckeown

Oblon's Scott McKeown to Take Over PTAB Practice at Ropes & Gray

By Scott Graham |

McKeown, an active litigator before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, fills a gap left by Steven Baughman who moved to Paul Weiss earlier this year to launch a PTAB practice.

Augustus Invictus

Alt-Right Lawyer Who Organized Charlottesville Rally Launches Senate Bid

By Scott Flaherty |

Augustus Sol Invictus, a retired Florida lawyer, was one of the organizers of the "Unite the Right" rally that erupted in violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

From left, Katherine Bolger, Rachel Strom and Nathan Siegel

Davis Wright Beefs Up First Amendment Group Amid 'Fake News' Attacks

By Christine Simmons |

In the midst of what some see as an uptick in libel cases, five attorneys involved in major defamation and First Amendment matters moved their practice this month from Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz to Davis Wright Tremaine, including New York partners Katherine Bolger and Rachel Strom and Washington, D.C., partner Nathan Siegel.

Do We Really Want to Make It Easier to Go to Law School?

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Can we cut through the bull about why law schools are now accepting GREs for admission? The fact is that applications are falling, and law schools are desperate for hot bodies to fill their empty seats.

Nothing 'Negative' About Philadelphia Lawyers? Texans Talk It Over in Duane Morris Case

By Miriam Rozen |

Is running a trial practice at a corporate Phlia. firm "kind of like being the second-best ballerina in Galveston"? Maybe to these Houston litigators.

L-R David West and Rene Ruiz, Dykema Cox Smith, San Antonio.

Texas Lawyers Win Asylum for Family Threatened by Taliban

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Four lawyers from Dykema Cox Smith with no background in immigration law secured asylum for members of a family that opened co-ed, secular schools in Afghanistan.

Ex-Silicon Valley CEO, Republican Lawyer Launch Missive Over Gun Rights

By Cogan Schneier |

Cooper & Kirk's Charles Cooper filed a new lawsuit this week on behalf of a convicted CEO to clarify which ex-cons should be allowed to purchase firearms.

Keurig 2.0 K-cup Brewer

Inside Keurig's Legal Pod: A Conversation With CLO Mike Degnan

By Stephanie Forshee |

In recent years, Keurig single-serve beverage brewing machines have become ubiquitous in homes and offices, along with the small pods that go inside. But there's a lot of legal work behind bringing the K-Cup pods and Keurig Green Mountain Inc.'s other products to the thirsty masses. At the center of it all is Mike Degnan, the company's chief legal officer and group general counsel.

Derek Jeter.

Half-Dozen Firms Help Jeter's Group Reel in MLB's Marlins

By Brian Baxter |

Wachtell, Skadden, Proskauer Rose, Foley & Lardner and Akerman are among a handful of large law firms advising on the proposed $1.2 billion sale of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins to an ownership group led by former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter and venture capitalist Bruce Sherman.

Microsoft's Litigation Chief Scored on Social Media, Should Other In-House Lawyers Follow Suit?

By David Ruiz |

In-house counsel would be wise to use social media to share news, experts say, but companies need a measured strategy if they want to take advantage.

Munger Tolles & Olson to Defend Studios in MOVA Technology Lawsuit

By Todd Cunningham |

Los Angeles-based Munger, Tolles & Olson has been hired to represent the Hollywood studios and film companies behind a handful of box office blockbusters in several copyright infringement suits brought over their use of the MOVA Contour special effects system.

ABA Report Promotes Changes to Treat Addiction, Depression

By Roy Strom |

A report released Monday by the American Bar Association hopes to help the legal profession address addiction and depression by detailing sweeping changes that bar regulators, judges, law firms, law schools and others can make to address what the report says amounts to a crisis in lawyers’ well-being.

U.S. Judge Robert L. Pitman of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

Austin Federal Judge Orders Baylor to Turn Over Pepper Hamilton Investigation to Plaintiffs

By John Council |

An Austin federal judge has ordered Baylor University to turn over to 10 female plaintiffs suing the school materials related to a Pepper Hamilton investigation that concluded that its administrators failed to protect women from sexual assault.

Heather Heyer

Law Firm Mourns Loss of Legal Assistant Killed in Charlottesville Protest

By LEIGH JONES |

Heather Heyer, killed Saturday while protesting against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., was an “empathetic” worker with a dry sense of humor, according to an attorney for whom she worked.

Grant & Eisenhofer. Courtesy photo

Grant & Eisenhofer Suit Alleges Former Lawyer Stole Lucrative Whistleblower Case

By Scott Flaherty |

Grant & Eisenhofer has sued a former whistleblower client and two other law firms, alleging the whistleblower and her current lawyers conspired to strip Grant & Eisenhofer of its fee on a $280 million settlement.

Merck CEO Quits Trump Advisory Council Amid White Nationalist Protests in Va.

By Michael Booth |

Kenneth Frazier, the chairman and CEO of pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. and a member of President Donald Trump's American Manufacturing Council, abruptly quit the administration's advisory committee following Trump's response to right-wing violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Heather Heyer

Law Firm Mourns Loss of Legal Assistant Killed in Charlottesville Protest

Heather Heyer, killed Saturday while protesting against a white nationalists rally in Charlottesville, Va., was an “empathetic” worker with a dry sense of humor, according to an attorney for whom she worked.

Traci Ribeiro of Sedgwick.

Sedgwick Partner Who Settled Gender Bias Suit Leaves Firm

By Roy Strom |

Traci Ribeiro, a Chicago-based partner at Sedgwick who sued the firm last summer for discrimination before settling the matter in arbitration in April, recently left its partnership ranks.

Arent Fox office in Washington, D.C.

Arent Fox Loses Bid for Client's Communications in Malpractice Case

By B. Colby Hamilton |

Southern District Judge Gabriel Gorenstein dismissed a motion by Arent Fox to compel its former client to produce communications with replacement counsel.

Mike McGee of Miller Canfield.

Smaller Firms' Message to Big Law on Alternative Fees: Join the Club

By Miriam Rozen |

For many firms, anxieties about alternative fees highlight a billable hour-based business model they’ve already left behind.

Tony Buzbee

Investors' Lawyer Says $750M Suit Could 'Bankrupt' Duane Morris

By Miriam Rozen |

Plaintiffs in a 2-year-old lawsuit against Philadelphia’s Duane Morris filed an amended petition that ups their damage calculations to over three-quarters of a billion dollars, according to Houston lawyer Tony Buzbee, who represents the investor group behind the suit.

Steptoe & Johnson offices in Washington, D.C. June 12, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Steptoe Strikes Back in Gender Bias Suit Filed by Ex-Associate

By Scott Flaherty |

Firing back at gender bias allegations filed by a former associate, Steptoe & Johnson forcefully denied Thursday that it has a pay disparity between women and men and urged a Los Angeles federal judge to send a suit against the firm to arbitration.

Ex-Foley & Mansfield Partner's Death Ruled a Suicide

By Brian Baxter |

Nearly three months after former Foley & Mansfield partner and federal prosecutor Beranton Whisenant Jr.'s body was found on a Florida beach, local police have determined how he died.

CITI: First Half Marked by Slow Growth

By Dan DiPietro and Gretta Rusanow |

At large law firms, increased revenues were offset by higher expenses during the first six months of this year, reports Citi Private Bank.

Deployed Takata airbag.

Takata Parent's Bankruptcy Reveals Big Monthly Litigation Fees

By Brian Baxter |

Japanese auto parts giant Takata Corp., which followed its U.S. unit into a Delaware bankruptcy court this week, revealed in court documents that it is paying nearly $1 million per month in legal fees to an Am Law 100 firm advising it in product liability litigation over faulty air bags.

Is Lean Sigma an Alternative to Alternative Fees?

By Meredith Hobbs |

General counsel can try and reduce costs by demanding discounts or alternative fees from their outside counsel—but at the risk of pitting their own interests against those of the firm. An alternative could be collaborating with outside counsel to streamline processes so legal projects get done more efficiently and at a lower cost.

Baker McKenzie Latest Large Firm Seeking Wealth in the Windy City

By Meghan Tribe |

The lateral market for trusts and estates lawyers has been brisk in 2017. Baker McKenzie became the latest big firm to get into the recruitment game this year by bringing on private client partners Deb Doyle and Jack Newlin in Chicago from Greenberg Traurig, where they joined the latter in 2013.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Wilmer Ends Work for Manafort as Ex-Partners Press Russia Probe

By David Bario and Katelyn Polantz |

Paul Manafort is swapping his Wilmer lawyers for Miller & Chevalier, a Washington, D.C., boutique that has represented him in the past.

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Big Law Firms Are 'Poorly Run Businesses,' Says Ex-Heavy Hitter

By Roy Strom |

William Glasgow helped intellectual property boutique Fish & Neave merge with Ropes & Gray a dozen years ago. Now, as the Am Law 100 firm unwinds part of that union, the semi-retired Glasgow reflects on the current state of Big Law. Oh, and he once tried to do business with President Donald Trump.

GlaxoSmithKline headquaters.

How Pharma Giant GSK Got Tough on Fixed Fees

By Chris Johnson |

As Microsoft pushes to move nearly all its outside legal work away from the billable hour, GlaxoSmithKline puts its own alternative fee formula on display.

Orrick

'Pooley & Oliver' Reunites at Orrick

By Rebecca Cohen |

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has hired intellectual property litigator L. Scott Oliver as a partner in the firm’s Silicon Valley office. Oliver, who represented a music publisher in the 2000 suit that led to Napster's collapse, was most recently a partner at K&L Gates.

Google campus

Google Engineer's Viral Memo Sparks Legal Questions

By Erin Mulvaney |

Fired Google engineer James Damore has filed a complaint with the NLRB and may have other legal remedies he can pursue.

After Diplomacy Abroad, Andy Schapiro Returns to Quinn Emanuel

By Meghan Tribe |

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has brought back former litigation partner Andrew Schapiro in New York and Chicago. Schapiro, a former Harvard Law School classmate of President Barack Obama, spent the past three years in Prague as the U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic.

Shira Scheindlin, retired United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York (Photo by Matt Furman).

Why Aren’t More Lead Counsel Women? Here Are Former Federal Judge Shira Scheindlin's Thoughts

By Josefa Velasquez |

Former federal Judge Shira Scheindlin, who is now of counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, discusses what she thinks are the causes of the courtroom gender gap.

On the left is Muhammad Faridi. On the right is Adeel Mangi.

Living the American Dream, These Big Law Partners Have Seen an Ugly Side

By Leigh Jones |

As part of a small minority of partners of Southeast Asian descent and as Muslims in Big Law, Muhammad Faridi and Adeel Mangi feel a special sense of accomplishment from a victory that allowed the construction of a mosque.

Mary Jane Augustine.

McCarter & English Ex-Practice Leader Adapts to Business World

By McKenna Moore |

With football season less than a month away, one former Big Law partner who represented the National Football League’s New York Giants and New York Jets on the construction of MetLife Stadium is getting ready for a new season of her own.

Another Big Firm Gets Into the Sports Sponsorship Game

By Chris Johnson |

A few months after Cozen O'Connor and Reed Smith put their stamp on pro golf, London-based Ashurst has sponsored former England cricket captain Alastair Cook in a deal that will see the Anglo-Australian legal giant's logo featured on his bat for the next 12 months.

Washington, D.C. offices of Morgan Lewis.  June 10, 2015.  Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Ex-Client Sues Morgan Lewis for $30 Million

By Lizzy McLellan |

Towers Watson Delaware is suing Morgan, Lewis & Bockius for more than $30 million, based on its claims that the firm knowingly helped another client, Meriter Health Services, sue Towers.

Meghan Griffiths, Michael Shaw and Jay Dewald

Jackson Walker Launches White-Collar Group With Andrews Kurth Hires

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Jackson Walker has launched a miniraid on Andrews Kurth Kenyon in Texas, hiring a quartet of partners that includes a onetime federal prosecutor who will launch a white-collar criminal defense practice for the firm.

Despite Loss of Lindsey Vonn's Dad, DLA Piper's Minneapolis Office is Growing

By Meghan Tribe |

Six months after watching its Minneapolis managing partner Alan Kildow decamp for local firm Briggs and Morgan, DLA Piper has hired partner Michael Fisco from Faegre Baker Daniels, where he chaired his now former firm’s finance and restructuring practice. As for Kildow, he’s still the lucky father of an Olympic gold medalist skier.

Joel Sanders outside court on Oct. 19, 2015, after a mistrial was declared in the first Dewey & Leboeuf trial.

Convicted Dewey & LeBoeuf Exec Gets Support From Florida Firm, Dewey Alums

By Christine Simmons |

More than a dozen attorneys and staff at Greenspoon Marder and some former Dewey & LeBoeuf partners are urging a Manhattan judge to show leniency at the sentencing of ex-Dewey CFO Joel Sanders, who was convicted in May of defrauding the firm's creditors before its collapse.

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

Citibank Sues Polsinelli Partners Over $10M Novak Druce Loan

By Katelyn Polantz |

Citibank is attempting to recoup more than $3.2 million from the defunct intellectual property boutique Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday against a pair of its former partners.

Judge Tosses Defamation Claims Against Napoli Firm

By Scott Flaherty |

As former Napoli Bern lawyers continue to grapple with fallout from the plaintiffs firm's messy breakup, a federal judge in Rhode Island has dismissed defamation claims brought against successor firm Napoli Shkolnik by a rival asbestos attorney.

Illinois Train Crash Claims Life of Law Firm Associate

By Scott Flaherty |

Melanie Swearengen, 35, a young lawyer at personal injury firm Napoli Shkolnik, died late last week near St. Louis after her SUV collided with an Amtrak train.

David Howard, deputy general counsel of Microsoft Corp.

Jittery Firms Put On Brave Face as Microsoft Targets Billable Hour

By Miriam Rozen |

When it comes to moving aggressively to fixed fees, the firms on Microsoft's new "strategic partners" list may serve as canaries in the coal mine.

Williams & Connolly.

Williams & Connolly Partner Pay Gets Close-Up From Trump Trade Nominee

By Mike Scarcella |

Curtis J. Mahoney, a Williams & Connolly partner who is the Trump administration's pick for a deputy U.S. trade representative post, reported $833,000 in partnership income from the Washington firm, according to documents the U.S. Office of Government Ethics publicly released Tuesday. The disclosure offers a rare look inside the storied Washington partnership.

Armstrong Teasdale Partner, Ex-US Attorney Pleads Guilty to DUI Charge

By Brian Baxter |

Stephen Wigginton, a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois who joined Armstrong Teasdale two years ago, has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol earlier this year. Wigginton was charged in May with fleeing the scene of an accident near the St. Louis suburb of Troy, Illinois.

David Howard, deputy general counsel of Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft Deputy GC: In New Outside Counsel Program, AFAs Plus Competition Equals Success

By David Ruiz |

Microsoft has introduced a revamped preferred partner program that focuses on rate structures, diversity and competition.

Littler Mandelson.

Littler Lands K&L Gates Employment Pro in NYC

By McKenna Moore |

Donald Dowling Jr., who joined K&L Gates two years ago from White & Case, is on the move again. Littler Mendelson, a labor and employment giant keen on expanding its global presence, recruited Dowling to the firm last week.

Mixing Law Firm Business and Politics? There's a $10K Fine For That.

By Cheryl Miller |

How a state agency came to fine the former Los Angeles corporate boutique Richardson Patel—a reminder to other lawyers of the dangers of mixing business and politics.

Jamie Gorelick of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr

Wilmer, Counsel to Kushner, Challenges Trump's Immigration Policies

By Katelyn Polantz |

The leading lawyers on Chicago's new challenge to the Trump administration’s immigration policies are names that you've heard before. A half-dozen lawyers from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr are representing the Windy City.

Geoffrey Berman

Report: Trump Wants Greenberg Traurig Shareholder for Bharara's Old Job

By Josefa Velasquez |

Geoffrey Berman, who co-leads the New Jersey office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig, is in consideration to lead the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan, BuzzFeed reported Monday afternoon.

New Report Shows Am Law 100 Firms Pulling Ahead of Smaller Peers

By Roy Strom |

The market for large law firms continued to face demand headwinds in the second quarter of 2017, according to a new report Monday by Thomson Reuters Peer Monitor, but the largest firms continue to separate themselves from their smaller peers.

UK Mergers

Wilmer Hire Bolsters Linklaters' US White-Collar Expertise

By James Booth |

Douglas Davison, a longtime partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in Washington, D.C., has left the firm to join the London-based legal giant Linklaters in the nation's capital.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Preet Bharara.

It's Not Just About the Work

By Vivia Chen |

Can minorities really overcome prejudice through sheer excellence?

Firms Are Aggressively Seeking Labor and Employment Laterals

By Lizzy McLellan |

Philadelphia's labor and employment practices have been engaged in a game of musical chairs in recent months, and observers say the music is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

Energy Trio Helps McCarter & English Expand in DC

By Meghan Tribe |

The firm has brought on Allen O’Neil, Christine Ryan and Emily Streett as partners in Washington, D.C., from Holland & Knight, where the trio joined the latter three years ago in a mass lateral move from now-defunct boutique Brickfield, Burchette, Ritts & Stone.

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Nelson Mullins Nabs Mintz Levin Partner Caught Up in Bias Case

By Miriam Rozen |

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough has hired partner Bret Cohen in Boston to co-chair its employment litigation group. Cohen joins the firm from Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, which six months ago settled a gender discrimination suit filed by a former female associate who filed a complaint about Cohen.

Cozen O'Connor Acquires Campus Safety Consulting Firm

By Lizzy McLellan |

Six months after launching a practice group focused on prevention of and response to institutional misconduct, Cozen O'Connor has acquired a campus safety consulting firm.

Texas Appeals Court Tosses Legal Malpractice Case Against Fried Frank and New York Partner

By John Council |

A Texas appellate court has thrown out a legal malpractice case against Fried Frank and one of its New York-based tax partners after finding a former client could not establish jurisdiction in the Lone Star State.

AI Drive Gains Momentum as Baker McKenzie Signs Machine Learning Deal

By Chris Johnson |

The global legal giant has become the latest Am Law 100 firm to begin using artificial intelligence software in an attempt to improve efficiency and reduce costs.

Legal Industry Sees Jobs Numbers Dip in July

By Scott Flaherty |

The U.S. legal industry lost 4,300 jobs in July following three prior months of job gains, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Commercial Suits Slip, but Greenberg Traurig Stays Busy

By Ben Hancock |

There has been a steady decline in contract and business tort cases since the economic crisis in 2009. But there's still plenty of litigation and some firms have kept busy by representing both plaintiffs and defendants.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman's Washington, D.C. offices at 1200 17th St. NW.

Bay Area Boutique to Close After Pillsbury Picks Up Trial Lawyer

By Rebecca Cohen |

Keller Sloan Roman, a San Francisco-based litigation boutique founded in 1998, is poised to close its doors as managing partner Kenneth Keller joins Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.

Kerrie Campbell

Partner in Sex Bias Case Says Norton Rose Fulbright Pushed Chadbourne to Fire Her

By Christine Simmons |

Norton Rose Fulbright, now a defendant in a $100 million gender discrimination lawsuit that was originally filed against merger partner Chadbourne & Parke, is facing new claims that it aided and abetted Chadbourne's conduct by encouraging the firm to fire named plaintiff Kerrie Campbell before the merger deal closed.

Andrew Sandler of BuckleySandler.

Buckley Sandler Leader Takes One in the Pie Hole for Legal Aid

By McKenna Moore |

Everyone has had a boss they wanted to pie in the face. But why get fired when you can do it for charity? Buckley Sandler helped raise $21,000 towards a record-breaking $1.79 million collected this year by the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia.

Latham & Watkins offices in Washington, D.C.

Litigation Finance: The New Big Law Exit?

By Ben Hancock |

The burgeoning litigation finance industry is drawing Big Law defectors in droves.

Hong Kong.

With Green Light in Hong Kong, Morgan Lewis Plans for Asia Growth

By Lizzy McLellan |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' association with Luk & Partners has received official approval from The Law Society of Hong Kong, establishing the combined entity as a registered foreign law firm in Hong Kong.

The White House in Washington, D.C.

Trump Taps Into King & Spalding Partner Pipeline

By Meredith Hobbs |

International trade partner Gil Kaplan appeared for his Senate confirmation hearing as under secretary of international trade at the Department of Commerce on Thursday morning. If confirmed, he'll be the sixth lawyer to join the Trump administration from the Atlanta-based firm.

(From L-R): James Hitzeman, Julie Olenn, Kathleen Scallan, Jordan Klein, Camille Lu and Ryan Court

Loeb & Loeb Snags Six-Lawyer Sidley Trusts and Estates Team

By Roy Strom |

Sidley Austin appears to be moving out of the trusts and estates space for high net worth individuals as a well-known firm in that practice area, Loeb & Loeb, takes the bulk of its lawyers in Chicago.

McGuireWoods' Latest Lateral Recruit a DLA Piper Driverless Pro

By Rebecca Cohen |

Elliot Katz, a former global co-chair of the connected and self-driving car practice at DLA Piper, has joined McGuireWoods' new Bay Area base as a partner.

Jacob Wackerhausen/iStockphoto

Big Law Associate Hiring Picked Up For Class of 2016

By Karen Sloan |

New associate hiring at the nation's largest law firms offered a rare bright spot in an otherwise ho-hum 2016 entry level legal job market, according to the latest analysis by the National Association for Law Placement.

Davis Polk Partner Joins Mueller's Russia Investigation Team

By Meghan Tribe |

Greg Andres, a 13-year veteran of the U.S. Department of Justice, has left Davis Polk & Wardwell's New York office to become the 16th lawyer on a team led by special counsel Robert Mueller III—formerly of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr—probing potential Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

By the Department of Culture Media and Sport

Behind the Bid: How Lawyers Brought Olympics Back to LA

By Todd Cunningham |

Eleven years is a long time to wait for anything, but the legal team behind Los Angeles' bid for the 2028 Summer Games, which was blessed by the International Olympic Committee this week, has given every indication that it can go the distance.

5/11/17- Fort Lauderdale— Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney signage

Buchanan Grabs 8 From Obermayer, Bolstering Employment Practice

By Lizzy McLellan |

Eight lawyers from Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel have moved to Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, rebuilding Buchanan's labor and employment practice in Philadelphia.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom Washington, D.C. offices. June 19, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Skadden Partner Tapped as Trump Trade Rep Discloses $2.3M Partner Share

By Katelyn Polantz |

The latest Big Law financial disclosure comes from Jeffrey Gerrish, the president's nominee to serve as deputy U.S. trade representative for Asia, Europe, the Middle East and industrial competitiveness.

Paul Rawlinson of Baker & McKenzie (HANDOUT).

Baker McKenzie's Revenue, Profits Nudge Up Amid Global Uncertainty

By Roy Strom |

The firm's gains didn't match the increases it saw last year, but were viewed positively by management amid this year's geopolitical "turmoil."

Ex-Chadbourne Group Leaves Norton Rose Fulbright for Winston & Strawn

By Christine Simmons |

While the ten-lawyer group respected both Chadbourne and Norton Rose Fulbright, Winston chairman Thomas Fitzgerald said, the combined firm was "inconsistent with how they had ran their practice," and the attorneys were "concerned about a number of conflicts."

As Clients Get Tougher on Diversity, Some Firms See a Selling Point

By Miriam Rozen |

When it comes to diversity, more companies want their law firms to show, not just tell.

Michael D. Jones of Kirkland & Ellis.

Kirkland Partner Survives Gunshot Wound During Turks and Caicos Getaway

By Scott Flaherty |

The lawyer was treated initially in Turks and Caicos, a tropical archipelago near the Bahamas, and later transported to a hospital in Hollywood, Florida, where he is was stable condition Tuesday.

Williams & Connolly Denies Plans to Pursue Merger with Quinn Emanuel

By Roy Strom and Katelyn Polantz |

In any deal, the two hard-charging litigation firms would have to overcome a significant gap in profitability.

Proskauer Partner Blasts Firm's Bid to Dismiss $50M Gender Bias Suit

By Scott Flaherty |

A partner at Proskauer Rose told a Washington, D.C., federal court Monday that "rank-and-file" partners at her firm function as employees, not business owners, and the court should therefore reject Proskauer's bid to dismiss her $50 million gender bias lawsuit.

Reed Smith Battles Rival Firms Over Fees, Conflicts in SAC Capital Case

By Christine Simmons |

Two plaintiffs firms are urging New York judges to deny Reed Smith's claim to $6.75 million in attorney fees for its work as co-counsel in a securities class action, claiming the traditionally defense-side firm misled them in stating it was free from conflicts.

Koch Lawyer Cleared to Testify in Suit Over Control of Energy Firm

By Tom McParland |

The Delaware Court of Chancery on Friday ruled that a top lawyer for William I. Koch will be allowed to testify on behalf of the billionaire in a bitter fight over investor rights that could determine the future of Koch's Oxbow Carbon firm.

Michael O'Sullivan.

Snap Hires Munger Tolles' Michael O'Sullivan As New GC

By David Ruiz |

The company behind Snapchat made quick work of finding a replacement for its last GC, Chris Handman.

Moscow, Russia.

From Russia Without Gloves: A Reporter's Musings on Traveling to Moscow

By Chris Johnson |

It was nine years since reporter Chris Johnson last went to Russia. His trip this year, for a feature article for The American Lawyer, showed much has changed, and much has stayed the same.

With Better Pay, and Fewer Options, Associates Stay Put at Their Firms

By Christine Simmons |

Despite perennial complaints among associates about life in Big Law, rising paychecks, greater attention to associate satisfaction and a more cautious lateral market may be keeping young lawyers at their firms longer.

Anne Milgram

Lowenstein Adds Ex-NJ AG, Data Pro Anne Milgram in NY

By Meghan Tribe |

Milgram served as New Jersey's top lawyer from 2007 until 2010. She has since been championing the use of smart data, analytics and technology to reform the criminal justice system.

Jeffrey W. Gutchess.

A Law Firm for the Millennial Generation: An 'Edgy' Miami Firm Dares to Be Different

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

When many law firms are struggling, and grappling with what to do to attract and retain clients, AXS Law Group is branding itself as an edgy kind of different.

How Firms Should Be Measuring the Profitability of Matters

By Hugh A. Simons |

Strategist Hugh Simons looks at how firms typically track matter profitability, and what they should be doing instead—looking at margin per partner hour.

Benjamin L. Crump.

Prominent Civil Rights Lawyer Tied to 'Black Lives Matter' Starts New Firm

By Scott Flaherty |

Benjamin Crump, a civil rights and personal injury lawyer known for representing the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown after their shooting deaths, has started his own nationwide law firm with offices in Washington, Los Angeles and Tallahassee, Florida.

Dentons Nabs Large IP Team From MoFo; Group Includes 3 Partners

By Rebecca Cohen |

A team of Bay Area patent prosecutors, including three partners, has left Morrison & Foerster for Dentons.

Deal Watch: Summer Sees Payment Systems Mergers Heat Up

By Meghan Tribe |

July was a busy month for billion-dollar M&A deals, as the European market began to show signs of recovery from a Brexit-induced shock, although the ensuing transactional trauma did not prove to be as devastating as initially feared. The sales of several payment systems companies this month generated key roles for nearly a dozen large firms.

Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads 2017 Summer Associates.

Summer Associates Get Legal Business Boot Camp at Montgomery McCracken

By Lizzy McLellan |

The firm hopes to teach its aspiring lawyers a key skill they probably didn't get in law school: how to win clients.

University of Southern California

Reports on USC Probe Spotlight Gibson Dunn Ties

By Miriam Rozen |

Experts said that while Gibson Dunn's connections to the University of Southern California don't mean it can't adequately investigate a brewing scandal there, public perception may be another matter.

Nasielsk School Card

Polish Town Puts Mayer Brown Lawyer in Touch With Father's Past

By Roy Strom |

Paul Chandler's father, a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor, would never have reconnected with other survivors from Nasielsk, a small town in Poland, if not for a three-minute video shot in 1938 that resurfaced in 2009. Now his son, a counsel at Mayer Brown in Chicago, is helping Nasielsk remember its history as a Jewish community.

Am Law 200 Firms Ranked by Percentage of Female Equity Partners

For the first year, we have included a score for the percentage of female equity partners in the firms' overall A-List calculation. Below is a ranking of the Am Law 200 when it comes to what percentage of their equity partnership is comprised of women.

(Seated, left to right): Joseph Cancila, Jr., Michael Ward, Mariangela Seale (on table), Joy Anderson, Robert Riley, Ronald Safer (on table), Anna Dwyer, Layla Dotson Lumpkin (standing) and Simone Randolph. (Back row, left to right): Joseph McCoy, Patricia Brown Holmes and Gregory Curtner

Schiff Hardin Spinoff Riley Safer Adds 11 Lawyers in Chicago

By Meghan Tribe |

Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila, a firm formed in 2016 by a large group of ex-Schiff Hardin partners, has hired nearly a dozen lawyers led by Bryan Cave's Chicago managing partner Joseph McCoy and Schiff Hardin's antitrust leader and noted sports industry litigator Gregory Curtner. All but two of the firm's new hires are African American.

Pepper Hamilton

Pepper Hamilton Can't Terminate Its Appeal in Paterno Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Pointing to the significant amount of time and money spent on the appeals process, the Pennsylvania Superior Court denied Pepper Hamilton's request to end its appeal in the defamation case that was brought, but recently discontinued, by the estate of Joe Paterno.

German Court Blocks VW Prosecutors From Using Seized Jones Day Docs

By Chris Johnson |

Documents seized during a March raid on the Munich offices of Jones Day cannot be used by German prosecutors investigating the VW emissions scandal, a German high court has ruled.

Chris Pugh - Freshfields

Managing Partner Pugh the 'Fall Guy' for Poor Results at Freshfields

By James Booth |

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer co-managing partner Chris Pugh's departure from the management team is attributable to the firm's poor 2016-17 financial results, according to former partners.

Clip from the documentary film “Munich '72 and Beyond.”

Big Law Partner Gets Emmy Nod for Munich '72 Documentary

By Todd Cunningham |

David Ulich's film chronicles the massacre of the Israeli Olympic team.

Regine Corrado

A Former Part-Timer Now Leads Baker McKenzie's Home Office

By Meghan Tribe |

Baker McKenzie announced Wednesday the appointment of parental leave policy advocate Regine Corrado, a partner in its corporate and securities group, as managing partner of its office in Chicago, where the global legal giant has its roots.

Stoel Rives, a 'Proactively Modernizing' Firm, Lays Off Staff

By Roy Strom |

The Portland, Oregon-based Am Law 200 firm, which employs nearly 800 people, announced Wednesday that it is laying off 17 administrative staffers as part of a strategic plan to revamp its operations.

Jones Day Adds L&E Partners in LA, Minneapolis

By Rebecca Cohen |

Jones Day has continued building out labor and employment bench, bringing on Winston & Strawn partner Amanda Sommerfeld in Los Angeles and Dorsey & Whitney partner Joseph Hammell in Minneapolis, where Jones Day opened an office last year. The duo are the latest laterals lured to the growing legal giant’s ranks so far this year.

Wells Fargo

Lawyer's 'Inadvertent' E-Discovery Failures Led to Wells Fargo Data Breach

By Christine Simmons |

A massive Wells Fargo customer data breach was not the work of a hacker, but of the bank's own lawyer who failed to review an entire set of discovery documents, including information about the bank's wealthy customers, before it was shipped to a litigation adversary.

Pugh - Freshfields

Freshfields Managing Partner Steps Down Early Amid Management Overhaul

By James Booth |

Chris Pugh's departure as managing partner comes after the firm had a relatively disappointing financial year compared to its Magic Circle counterparts.

Left to right: James Kwartnik, Jeffrey Mullen, Raymond Deluca and Bruce Ficken, Cozen O'Connor

Cozen O'Connor Beats Back Ex-Client's Disqualification Bid

By Lizzy McLellan |

A former client of two Cozen O'Connor partners has lost his bid to disqualify the firm from representing his adversary in a construction payment dispute, based on his allegations that the firm mishandled conflicts in a lateral hire from Pepper Hamilton.

Transatlantic Merger Concept.

Cross-Border Combinations Drive US Law Firm Merger Activity to Record Highs

By Chris Johnson |

Is Big Law going to continue the merger trend?

Chris Carr

MoFo Practice Leader Leaves for Baker Botts' Bay Area Base

By Rebecca Cohen |

Baker Botts has recruited environmental partner Christopher Carr in San Francisco from Morrison & Foerster, where he was chair of the latter's environment and energy group and co-chair of the firm's unmanned aerial systems and drone group.

Kerrie Campbell, partner with Chadbourne & Parke, in Washington, D.C. September 1, 2016. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM.

Ex-Chadbourne Partner Campbell Opens Firm Amid Ongoing Sex Bias Lawsuit

By Scott Flaherty |

Kerrie Campbell, who was ousted from Chadbourne & Parke's partnership amid a lawsuit alleging the firm discriminated against female partners, has opened her own legal outfit, according to Washington, D.C., bar records.

Kirkland & Ellis offices in Washington, D.C. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Kirkland Bankruptcy Star Basta to Leave Firm

By Roy Strom |

Paul Basta, a top restructuring partner at Kirkland & Ellis in New York and member of the firm’s 15-person management committee, is preparing to leave the firm.

Marcos Jimenez

High-Profile Florida Litigator Marcos Jimenez Leaves McDermott to Form Own Firm

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Marcos Jimenez, the well-known litigator and former South Florida U.S. attorney who is representing ex-Panamanian President Ricardo Montinelli, has left McDermott Will & Emery to strike out on his own.

Clients Pushing Hard for Diversity? Not Exactly

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Maybe it's because I get jaded easily, but I just can't get myself excited that the legal profession is really getting on the stick about diversity or women.

Ex-Arent Fox Partner's Info Leads to Insider Trading Plea

By B. Colby Hamilton |

Former Long Island investment adviser Tibor Klein, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud, was accused of using information obtained from his client and friend, former Arent Fox partner Robert Schulman, about the $3.6 billion merger of Pfizer Inc. and King Pharmaceuticals.

Subha Barry, Working Mother Media.

Working Mother Names Best Law Firms for Women, Laments Industry's 'Glacial' Progress

By Miriam Rozen |

The firms are eager to be recognized for their efforts, but progress in the industry overall is nothing to celebrate.

What GC Thought Leaders Experiment Is About (Hint: Not Cost)

By Firoz Dattu and Dan Currell, AdvanceLaw |

The leaders of AdvanceLaw explain the GC Thought Leaders Experiment is not about tracking billing data, but about tracking what makes for a satisfying relationship between law firm and client.

Bay Area Partner to Lead Baker McKenzie's Golden State Operations

By Rebecca Cohen |

Barbara Klementz, managing partner of Baker McKenzie’s offices in Palo Alto and San Francisco and a regional leader of the global legal giant’s global equity services group and compensation and employment law practice, has been named its new California managing partner.

Boring Company promotional video

Musk's Boring Company Seeks In-House Counsel

By David Ruiz |

The new in-house lawyer for Musk's underground tunneling project will likely need experience with a patchwork of municipal rules and safety regulations.

The headquarters of the World Bank, where ICSID is housed.

Burford Claims Almost Half of $324M Argentina Arbitration Win

By Ben Hancock |

The company announced that it stands to take home roughly $140 million from an investment in a case brought on behalf of Spanish investors in two Argentinean airlines.

Juan Arteaga

Crowell & Moring Adds Arteaga to Antitrust Ranks in New York

By Meghan Tribe |

Juan Arteaga, a former associate and counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett who most recently served as a deputy assistant attorney general for civil enforcement at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., has joined Crowell & Moring as an antitrust partner in New York.

Mena Kaplan

Paul Weiss Counsel Departs for Freshfields

By Brian Baxter |

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison counsel Menachem Kaplan as a partner and head of its U.S. intellectual property practice in New York.

John Hooper.

Partner Group Leaves Reed Smith for King & Spalding in NY

By Christine Simmons |

Defections hit Reed Smith in New York, where four mass tort litigators joined King & Spalding, and also in London.

Do Law Firms Enable Alcoholism?

By Katelyn Polantz |

A culture of work-related drinking persists in many places in Big Law—and that can cause problems in a profession that is especially prone to heavy drinking.

I Fell for a Phishing Email, and the Law Couldn't Help Me

By Rhys Dipshan |

Despite regulating spam emails, the federal CAN-SPAM Act may do little to prevent phishing spam from reaching your inbox.

Corporate Transactions,Mergers.

Europe Beginning to Rediscover M&A Mojo, but Not Time for Celebration Just Yet

By Chris Johnson |

The latest Mergermarket M&A report deserves similar scrutiny. At first glance, it paints a remarkably rosy picture for European corporate lawyers.

Julie Hawkinson - Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co Opens Ninth U.S. Office with Los Angeles Launch

By James Booth |

UK insurance giant Clyde & Co is opening its ninth office in the U.S., with a launch in Los Angeles.

Staircase from reception area to library.

Six Partners to Leave Ashurst in New York Amid Restructuring

By Rose Walker |

A reorganization of the Anglo-Australian legal giant's U.S. finance practice—a remnant of now-defunct McKee Nelson—will see at least five partners join Chapman and Cutler in New York.

Danielle Joy Healey, Fish and Richardson

Transgender Attorney Finds Strong Support From Her Firm

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Fish & Richardson, which issued a statement in support of transgender lawyer DJ Healey of Houston, helped the IP litigator plan how to inform co-workers and clients.

James Meyer of Harper Meyer.

For US Lawyers, It's the Cuban Business Revolution That Wasn't

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

U.S. lawyers whose Cuba practices picked up after the Obama administration loosened trade restrictions now see a drop in business with changes in attitudes by the Trump administration.

Uber headquarters in San Francisco

Quinn Emanuel Fired Uber, Citing Fixed Fee Rates That Aren’t ‘Financially Viable’

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

New court documents show that Quinn Emanuel dropped Uber as a client last year after finding the company's fixed fee arrangements unsatisfactory.

Marc Kasowitz reads a statement to members of the media on June 8, 2017, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

White House Sours on Kasowitz, But What About Other Clients?

By Christine Simmons |

While Marc Kasowitz's role on President Donald Trump's legal team has been diminished, the "uberlitigator" still has a bevy of commercial cases on his plate back in New York.

Ty Cobb.

Trump Lawyer Cobb Describes Role, Says He Took Job With 'Rocks in My Head and Steel Balls'

By Katelyn Polantz |

Ty Cobb, in his first interview since taking a White House counsel job related to the Russia investigation, explained why he agreed to work with President Donald Trump and what he expects to do.

Small Offices Face Closure as Law Firms Seek Efficiency

By Lizzy McLellan |

As remote working technologies improve and real estate costs skyrocket, some firms are putting their satellite offices in the cross-hairs.

Claims Against Wilmer Revived Over 'Freeze Out' of Company's Minority Owners

By Scott Flaherty |

A Massachusetts appellate court ruled Friday that Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr must face allegations that it improperly helped the majority owners of a biotechnology company client freeze out the company's minority shareholders.

Anthony Scaramucci

Trump's Man of the Hour Scaramucci Not One To 'Humble Brag,' Says Cravath Associate

By Leigh Jones |

Tapped to serve as President Donald Trump's communications director, Anthony Scaramucci told a group of Harvard law students last year to follow his lead and dial back the bravado.

Kenneth Shand, left, and Jeremy Cohen

Dentons Set to Merge With Scotland's Maclay Murray

By Rose Walker |

The deal continues Dentons' international expansion of late and gives Maclay a long-awaited merger partner.

Rachel Krevans.

Rachel Krevans, Pioneering Litigator and Lawyer to Apple, Dies at 60

By Rebecca Cohen |

Krevans, the former head of Morrison & Foerster’s intellectual property practice who helped lead Apple’s ferocious legal battle with Samsung over smartphone technology, died Wednesday of cancer at age 60.

DLA Piper Acquires 60-Lawyer Liner Firm in L.A.

By Roy Strom |

The deal with Liner LLP, a boutique known for representing entertainment industry clients ranging from film studios to Bill Cosby, boosts DLA Piper's presence in Southern California.

Danielle Joy Healey, Fish and Richardson

Fish & Richardson IP Litigator Changes Name, Gender

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Danielle Joy "DJ" Healey, a senior principal in the IP boutique's Houston office, has announced she is transgender and now living as a woman.

U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

Amid Delays, Politics Leave US Attorney Prospects in Limbo

By Miriam Rozen |

It's been six months since shortlists for U.S. attorney started circulating in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere.

Are Asian-Americans Fed Up With Law?

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

While it might be easy to read a recent report as a confirmation of how the system fails Asian-Americans, it actually paints a more complicated picture.

Villages of Aina Lea

Law Firms, Owed by Bankrupt Clients, Look to Represent Them in Court

By Scott Flaherty |

Greenberg Traurig and Husch Blackwell are tapped for bankruptcies in Hawaii and Texas that count several law firms among leading creditors.

Linklaters Associate Denies Wrongdoing in Insider Trading Case

By Roy Strom |

A pristine start to a Big Law career has been derailed for a former editor-in-chief of Harvard Law School’s International Law Review who joined Linklaters in 2015.

The American Lawyer Announces its Fifth Annual Global Legal Awards Winners

By Gina Passarella |

Law firms are honored for excellence in global work in four main categories: disputes, finance, citizenship and mergers and acquisitions.

Brad Scheller and the Slicked Up 9's

Mintz Levin Partner Plays More Than One Tune

By Meghan Tribe |

Brad Scheller usually gets to work around 7 a.m. In his New York office, the patent litigator at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo keeps a spare, stand up string bass. It's not performance-ready, but his wife wanted it out of the house.

Albany Law School professor David Turetsky.

Ivory Tower Jobs Lure Akin Gump Cyber Pro, Gibson Dunn Partner

By Miriam Rozen |

The rhythms of university life beckoned to a pair of Big Law veterans on either coast this summer, with partners departing Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher for academic positions.

Boston Harbor and Financial District at sunset in Boston, Massachusetts.

Holland & Knight Bolsters Boston Base, Continues Hiring Spree

By Meghan Tribe |

The Florida-based Am Law 100 firm has welcomed aboard Mark Kalpin, co-chair of the energy and cleantech group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, as well as education and employment partner Janet Judge, who joins from her own solo shop.

Joel Sanders, former CFO of Dewey & LeBoeuf, speaks to an unidentified woman outside the courtroom after he was found guilty Monday.

Dewey Exec, SEC in Talks to Settle Suit Tied to Firm's Collapse

By Christine Simmons |

The SEC wrote to Southern District Judge Valerie Caproni on Tuesday, indicating a possible deal with Dewey & LeBoeuf executive Joel Sanders, who was convicted in May of scheming to defraud investors in his former firm.

Downtown Chicago’s Michigan Avenue.

Cohen Milstein Enjoys Windy City Windfall in Hotel Tax Dispute

By Scott Flaherty |

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, a plaintiffs firm that has a track record of partnering with public sector clients, earned $5.4 million for its work on behalf of Chicago in a suit looking to collect higher taxes from Expedia Inc.

Charles Miller

Kasowitz Partner Leaves to Run Practice Group at Tarter Krinsky

By Christine Simmons |

Charles Miller, who practiced for 11 years at Kasowitz Benson Torres, has moved to Tarter Krinsky & Drogin, where he will lead the midsize firm's new securities and financial services litigation group.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan offices in Washington, D.C. September 14, 2016. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

Ex-Secretary Accuses Quinn Emanuel of Racial Discrimination

By Roy Strom |

A former floating secretary who left the elite trial firm in 2015 claims he was subjected to racial slurs by a trial logistics director during the high-profile 2014 patent trial of Apple v. Samsung.

UK Regulator Hits White & Case With Record Fine

By James Booth |

White & Case has been fined a record £250,000 ($325,700) by the U.K.'s Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal for failing to identify a conflict of interest and protect confidential financial information in a $2.6 billion dispute involving Ukrainian oligarch Victor Pinchuk.

After Lawsuit, R. Kelly's Lawyer Left Bryan Cave

By Meghan Tribe |

On the heels of a bombshell report by BuzzFeed that he runs a “sex cult,” R&B icon R. Kelly has retained a longtime lawyer to deny the shocking allegations. That attorney, Chicago's Linda Mensch, joined her current firm last year after leaving Bryan Cave in the aftermath of a suit filed against her, the firm and her star client.

Kim Severson

Dorsey & Whitney Names First Woman Chair of Policy Committee

By Roy Strom |

Kim Severson, a trusts and estates partner at Dorsey & Whitney in Minneapolis and head of the firm's nonprofit foundation, has been tapped to serve as chair of its policy committee. Severson is the first woman to hold the firm in the firm’s 105-year history.

Trump Still Hearts Jones Day

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

I try to keep it light and frothy during the heat of the summer. So here's my selection of news and gossip that you shouldn't miss.

Greenberg Traurig sign

Greenberg Traurig Faces Bankruptcy Client's Wrath in Malpractice Fight

By Christine Simmons |

A lawsuit against the firm by ex-client NextEra Energy is the latest in what appears to be a growing wave of bankruptcy-related malpractice cases facing law firms.

Juanita Brooks and Jonathan Singer of Fish & Richardson

Fish & Richardson Set to Receive $12.5M Fee Award in Gilead-Merck Infringement Battle

By Scott Flaherty |

Fish & Richardson and client Gilead Sciences Inc. are slated to receive nearly $14 million in legal fees after exposing patent misconduct by Merck & Co. Inc. that helped Gilead shake off a $200 million infringement verdict.

Orrick Develops New Role in Bet on Hot Field of Impact Finance

By McKenna Moore |

The firm says it is the first to create a dedicated impact finance attorney position.

Nancy Mertzel of Herrick, Feinstein. HANDOUT.

Ex-Herrick IP Leader Launches Own Boutique

By Meghan Tribe |

Nancy Mertzel, chair of the IP group at Herrick, Feinstein since coming aboard in late 2015, has left the firm to start her own New York-based shop called Mertzel Law.

Berkeley Law Grad Convicted of Multimillion-Dollar Fraud in Miami

By Celia Ampel |

The former Wall Street hedge fund employee stole his ex-coworkers' identities to get fraudulent loans, according to prosecutors.

Settling Ashley Madison Data Breach Lawsuit Was Likely 'Inevitable'

By Ed Silverstein |

Experts say that the settlement, announced for $11.2 million earlier this month, made sense for all parties involved.

Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon

Longtime Orrick IP Partner Decamps for 'Hybrid' Boutique

By Rebecca Cohen |

Rimon has reeled in Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe commercial and intellectual property litigation partner Matthew Poppe in Palo Alto, California, and San Francisco. Poppe, who spent nearly 22 years at Orrick, is now a partner at Rimon, a small firm using part of the virtual model.

Big Firms Bag Roles on Designer Jeans, Wedding Dress Bankruptcies

By Brian Baxter |

Struggling retail chains shopping for law lawyers in what might well become the year of the retail bankruptcy saw several of their ailing brethren dip into the Big Law ranks this month for a trio Chapter 11 cases. And Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, a firm not down for advising debtors, appears to have a role in one case.

Todd Culwell, left, and Kip Brar

Energy Lateral Market Heats Up

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Like the temperature, the market for energy lawyer laterals is heating up in Texas.

King & Spalding Picks Up IP Partner Pair From Stroock

By Christine Simmons |

An IP litigation duo is the latest to break away from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in New York.

Damon Vocke of Vocke Law Group

New Boutique Makes Its First Lateral Hires

By Meghan Tribe |

The Vocke Law Group, a small financial services and insurance firm founded late last year by former General Re Corp. general counsel Damon Vocke, has made its first new additions by bringing on two lawyers for its office in Stamford, Connecticut.

John Dowd, left, and Pete Rose.

Trump Lawyer Must Face Pete Rose Defamation Claims

By Scott Flaherty |

A Philadelphia federal judge has refused to dismiss claims that lawyer John Dowd allegedly defamed baseball player Pete Rose.

Innovative UK Law Firm Launches Antitrust Practice With Shearman Hire

By Chris Johnson |

London-based Wiggin has hired Collette Rawnsley from Shearman & Sterling.

Samuel Israel Lannett's CLO and GC

Fox Rothschild Pharma Practice Chief Leaves for In-House Post

By Lizzy McLellan |

Generic pharmaceutical manufacturer Lannett Co. Inc. has appointed its longtime outside lawyer to serve as chief legal officer and general counsel.

Colette Dafoe.

New Nixon Peabody Leader; Cooley, Winston Lure Partners; Kasowitz Unleashed

By Katelyn Polantz |

Washington Wrap is a weekly roundup of Big Law hires and other Washington, D.C., legal industry news.

Wendy Riggs, senior analyst with Keesal, Young & Logan.

Former Twitter E-Discovery Manager Moves From Big Tech to Big Law

By Rhys Dipshan |

E-discovery veteran Wendy Riggs discusses the compliance challenges of dealing with homegrown tools and ever-evolving technology platforms.

Dallas lawyer Brian Cuban speaks at a 2015 addiction recovery conference in Washington, D.C.

'I Spent Every Cent I Had on Cocaine': Lawyer's Struggle Revealed

By Angela Morris |

Brian Cuban, whose billionaire brother Mark Cuban owns the NBA team the Dallas Mavericks, talks about his new book focused on addiction and recovery.

Social Media Sleuthing of Job Candidates Could Be Risky Business

By Miriam Rozen |

The information employers find about potential candidates could be used against them in discrimination suits, lawyers warn.

Jamie Gorelick, left, and Robert Mueller, right.

Jamie Gorelick Retreats From Russia Probe, Will Counsel Kushner on Ethics, Disclosures

By Katelyn Polantz |

The Wilmer bigwig no longer represents Jared Kushner related to ongoing Russia investigations, but she continues to advise him on ethics issues and regarding his security and financial disclosures. That too will end but it's “hard to know” when, she said.

Ty Cobb.

Ty Cobb Resigns from Hogan Lovells To Join Trump Legal Team

By Katelyn Polantz and Cogan Schneier |

Ty Cobb's appointment to represent the president comes as other Hogan Lovells' partners' work to oppose the administration.

Left to right: Mark O’Sullivan, West Coast Head Partner; Anne-Marie Bohan, Head of Technology and Innovation; Chris Bollard, Partner, Technology and Innovation; Michael Jackson, Managing Partner; Emma Doherty, Partner, International Business Group; Robert O’Shea, Head of the Corporate and Commercial Department

Ireland's Matheson Opens Office in San Francisco; Firm's Third Office in US

By Rebecca Cohen |

The Dublin-based law firm is bringing on technology and privacy partner Chris Bollard from Arthur Cox to co-manage the new office with partner Mark O'Sullivan.

Marc Kasowitz

Kasowitz Apologizes for Emails as Partner Describes Firm 'Under Siege'

By Katelyn Polantz and David Bario |

After telling a critic to "Watch your back, bitch," in a series of profanity-laden emails, Marc Kasowitz said it was "one of those times where one wishes he could reverse the clock."

Cooley Takes Wilson Sonsini Partners in Major Tech Business Grab

By Christine Simmons |

In a significant acquisition of corporate tech attorneys, Cooley has hired four partners in New York and Washington, D.C., from rival Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Cooley also has plans to hire up to 20 more lawyers to support their business, which could generate millions for the firm.

Arms and Toes and Breasts, Oh My!

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Want a break from all the messy news about Donald Trump Jr. and Russiagate? Let's cut to some other topics that are roiling America.

More Leaders Move to Winston in McDermott Partner Raid

By Roy Strom |

Now we know which nine McDermott partners are jumping to Winston & Strawn along with employee benefits practice head David Rogers—and it turns out Rogers is far from the only leader in the group.

This 150-Lawyer Atlanta Firm Is Now Opening … Everywhere

By Roy Strom |

Taylor English Duma has grown to 150 lawyers in Atlanta in 12 years. Now it's recruiting lawyers all over the country to work remotely with its "hub" of lawyers in the Peach State.

Linklaters Associate Is Latest Big Firm Lawyer Tied to Insider Trading Charges

By Roy Strom |

Fei Yan, 31, was arrested on Wednesday on insider trading charges in a case that alleges he profited from knowledge garnered by his wife, a Linklaters associate working on M&A deals.

Marc Kasowitz, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, June 8, 2017.

Trump Lawyer Marc Kasowitz Denies ProPublica Report on Alcohol Abuse

By Katelyn Polantz |

Besides the political drama amid probes into the Trump campaign's Russia ties, the report may have special resonance in a legal industry struggling with substance abuse issues.

Jay Edelson

Edelson Credits In-House Forensics Lab for Its Success in Data Security and Privacy Litigation

By Scott Flaherty |

The plaintiffs firm's unique team of lawyers, engineers and computer science experts can deconstruct devices and apps to determine whether there are privacy or data security concerns.

Morrison & Foerster admitted it accidentally retained files from Anthony Levandowski, pictured, who formerly headed Uber's driverless car division.

In Waymo Case, MoFo Reveals It Still Has Files From Former Uber Engineer

By Ben Hancock |

The firm revealed in a filing Wednesday that it accidentally kept copies of some documents from Anthony Levandowski, who is accused of stealing over 14,000 files from Google's self-driving car division.

Gillette razors

Are Law Firms Too Sophisticated for Their Own Good?

By Hugh A. Simons |

The dangerous path Big Law is headed down and what it has to do to change course.

Deborah Feinstein, former director of the Bureau of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission. (File: 2013)

Deborah Feinstein, FTC's Top Antitrust Enforcer, Returns to Arnold & Porter

By C. Ryan Barber |

After nearly four years as the Federal Trade Commission's top antitrust enforcer, Debbie Feinstein is returning in September to Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, where she will lead the global antitrust group, the firm said Wednesday.

GC Data Sharing Plan Is 'Wake-Up Call' for Law Firms

By Roy Strom |

With an interest in pleasing clients, law firm leaders mostly voiced enthusiasm for a plan by 25 GCs to share data on how they’ve performed. But they realize it could create winners and losers.

An Open Letter From 25 General Counsel

Announcing a real-time exercise to test industry assumptions and understand how to improve the legal market and relationships between law firms and clients.

The GC Thought Leaders Experiment

By Firoz Dattu & Dan Currell, AdvanceLaw |

Whether we’re talking lawyers or married couples, some relationships manage to stay strong over the long run. What’s the secret? The GC Thought Leaders Experiment tackles that question.

Evening view of Pittsburgh from the top of the Duquesne Incline in Mount Washington, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Tech Scene Pulls Firms to Pittsburgh, but Not Just for Clients

By Lizzy McLellan |

Pittsburgh's growing startup and technology scene is hardly a secret. And now it's drawing the eyes of large law firms across the United States, as they begin to notice what local firms have been tapping into for years.

Mary Jo White and W. Jay Clayton

Silence Is Golden When Partners Leave for Top SEC Posts

By Miriam Rozen |

Law firms whose partners leave for plum jobs with the SEC are not touting the moves.

Law Firm Leaders' Confidence Grows Despite Demand Jitters

By Roy Strom |

A Citi Private Bank survey of managing partners’ confidence in the second half of 2017 shows they are more bullish on demand, despite meager growth in the first quarter.

Ballard Spahr offices in Washington, D.C. March 24, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Ballard Spahr Closes San Diego Office

By Lizzy McLellan |

Ballard Spahr has closed its office in San Diego, the firm confirmed Tuesday, after losing two partners to Dinsmore & Shohl, and transferring other lawyers to its Los Angeles office.

Christopher Wray, King & Spalding.

Megamillions Paycheck Puts Chris Wray, King & Spalding in the Spotlight

By Meredith Hobbs and Katelyn Polantz |

With an annual salary of roughly $6.3 million per year, Christopher Wray is a rarity among Big Law equity partners, particularly for partners at Atlanta-based firms.

Sexual Harassment Is Thriving in Big Law

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Thanks to law professors Joanna Grossman at Southern Methodist University and Deborah Rhode at Stanford University, we now have a primer on sexual harassment on the job.

Left to right: Steptoe partners Bill Abrams, Laurie Edelstein and Sanjeet Dutta in Steptoe's San Francisco office

Steptoe Moving Bay Area Office to San Francisco

By Rebecca Cohen |

Three years after Steptoe & Johnson's arrival in the Bay Area, the firm has relocated all 10 attorneys from its Palo Alto office to 1 Market St. in downtown San Francisco.

Nixon Peabody Opens in North Carolina With K&L Gates Hires

By Meghan Tribe |

Nixon Peabody is moving into Raleigh, North Carolina, after hiring four partners away from K&L Gates.

Alan Futerfas

Trump Clan's Newest Lawyer: 'Nothing Happened' in Meeting With Russian

By Christine Simmons |

Just like his father, Donald Trump Jr. has turned for representation to a New York lawyer who is relatively unknown in Washington political circles.

L-R Brad Hildebrandt and Tony Williams.

Consultants Follow Law Firms' Footsteps With Transatlantic Deal

By Miriam Rozen |

Florida-based Hildebrandt and London-based Jomati said their own law firm clients pressed them to join forces.

Sidley Austin offices in Washington, D.C.

Sidley Can't Avoid Suit Accusing It of Ties to Investment Fund Fraud

By Scott Flaherty |

Sidley Austin is stuck facing a proposed class action accusing it, along with fellow law firm Tonkon Torp and a set of accounting firms and banks, of contributing to an alleged securities fraud by now-defunct investment fund Aequitas Management LLC.

Meredith Beuchaw

Cooley Courts New York Tech Scene With Latest M&A Hire

By Meghan Tribe |

As the tech market continues to boom in New York, Cooley has added Greenberg Traurig M&A partner Meredith Beuchaw to its global mergers and acquisitions practice, the firm announced on Monday.

Henry O’Melveny’s historic home at South Plymouth Boulevard in Los Angeles

'O'Melveny House' Fetches Millions in LA Sale

By Miriam Rozen |

The price might have impressed late, late owner Henry O'Melveny—as would his firm's current average profits per partner.

Mark Cohen, Founder & CEO of Legal Mosaic.

The Legal Industry Is Undergoing More Than a 'Dance Around Change'

By Mark A. Cohen |

Industry thought leader Mark Cohen responds to a recent piece in The American Lawyer on why there isn't more change to the business model of legal service delivery.

Clifford Chance managing partner, Matthew Layton.

Clifford Chance Aims To Boost US Revenues To 20% Of Firmwide Total

By Anna Ward |

Clifford Chance (CC) is aiming to grow US revenues to 20% of its total fee income, as the firm continues its efforts to ramp up its Stateside presence.

Washington, D.C. offices of Freshfields at 700 13th Street, N.W. November 4, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

What Is Really Behind Freshfields' Poor Financial Results?

By Chris Johnson |

Magic Circle firms have been reporting their annual financials, and Freshfields stands out as having had a particularly challenging year.

National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C.

Littler Mendelson's William Emanuel, Trump Pick for NLRB, Discloses Clients, Compensation

By Erin Mulvaney |

Littler Mendelson's William Emanuel, one of President Donald Trump's nominees to the National Labor Relations Board, identified 49 former clients in a financial disclosure and said he would recuse himself, for up to a year, if any of the companies appear before the agency. Emanuel and fellow NLRB nominee Marvin Kaplan are set for confirmation hearings Thursday.

Christopher Wray, of King & Spalding.

Trump's FBI Pick Christopher Wray Earned $9.2M Partnership Share at King & Spalding

By Katelyn Polantz and Mike Scarcella |

Christopher Wray, the King & Spalding white-collar partner who was nominated to replace fired FBI director James Comey, reported earning $9.2 million in his partnership share from 2016 and so far this year, according to financial documents made available Monday. Wray, a King & Spalding partner for nearly 12 years in the firm's Washington and Atlanta offices, also revealed numerous big-name clients in the required disclosure, released by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. Wray is set to appear Wednesday for his confirmation hearing.

Corporate Transactions,Mergers.

Deal Watch: Skadden Snags Top Spot for First Half M&A

By Meghan Tribe |

Despite early uncertainty about market volatility, global M&A activity is up 2 percent compared to last year, totaling $1.6 trillion for the first half of 2017, according to league tables released by Bloomberg LP and Thomson Reuters Corp. Skadden topped league tables when measured by number of deals by value during the first half.

Jai Singh

Foley Lands Dentons Defector, Class Action Combination Veteran

By Rebecca Cohen |

Jaikaran "Jai" Singh, a former partner at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps and McKenna Long & Aldridge in San Diego, has become the latest alum of both firms to leave successor entity Dentons. Singh is now a member of the consumer law, finance and class action litigation group at Foley & Lardner.

Donald Vieira

Skadden Adds Wilson Sonsini Practice Leader in DC

By Brian Baxter |

Donald Vieira, a former chief of staff in the U.S. Department of Justice's national security division and leader of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's CFIUS and national security practice, has left the firm's office in the nation's capital for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Roberta Kaplan, left, with client Edith Windsor outside the U.S. Supreme Court after arguments related to the Defense of Marriage Act. March 27, 2013.

Roberta Kaplan, Champion of DOMA Fight, Leaves Paul Weiss to Start New Firm

By Christine Simmons |

The star litigator and same-sex marriage defender has launched her own firm, Kaplan & Co. LLP, after more than two decades at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

DLA Piper's Hack Attack Could Cost 'Millions'

By James Booth |

The global legal giant is still recovering from last week's massive cyberattack, with insurance brokers claiming that the resulting upheaval could lead to costs "in the millions" for the firm.

US Legal Industry Adds Jobs in June

By Scott Flaherty |

The U.S. legal industry added 2,000 jobs in June as the country's overall economy also posted employment gains, according to preliminary figures released Friday by the federal government.

Clifford Chance offices in Washington, D.C. March 24, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Clifford Chance Under Scrutiny Over Excalibur Role

By Anna Ward |

The London-based legal giant is being investigated by the U.K.'s Solicitors Regulation Authority over its controversial role in a long-running dispute involving oil and gas client Excalibur Ventures.

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

Employee Benefits Leader Leaves McDermott with Nine Lawyers

By Roy Strom |

David Rogers, the leader of McDermott Will & Emery's employee benefits practice and a recent nominee to take over as chair of the firm, is leaving with a group of nine other lawyers to join Winston & Strawn.

Two Ex-Goldman Sachs Lawyers Find Refuge in Big Law

By Meghan Tribe |

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and Greenberg Traurig picked up a pair of former in-house legal chiefs from The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. this week on two different continents.

Austin, Texas.

Sedgwick Closes Austin Office as Number of Shuttered Cities Grows

By Roy Strom |

The San Francisco-based Am Law 200 firm, which has been dealing with a series of lateral defections in 2017, has quietly closed an office in Austin, Texas. The move by Sedgwick comes on the heels of other office closures in South Florida and Texas.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Judge OKs Adding Norton Rose Fulbright to Chadbourne Sex Bias Suit

By Christine Simmons |

Norton Rose Fulbright can be added to a $100 million gender bias suit filed last year against its merger partner, Chadbourne & Parke, a federal magistrate judge ruled Wednesday.

QVC Goes Shopping: Baker Botts, Davis Polk Lead HSN Deal

By Lizzy McLellan and Brian Baxter |

Baker Botts and Davis Polk & Wardwell played leading roles in the combination of two video shopping giants, Pennsylvania's QVC and St. Petersburg, Florida-based HSN Inc.

Is Lust (or Fear of It) a Big Problem in Big Law?

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Even in the face of harassment, rumors and other inconveniences, female lawyers are forging ahead.

Carolyn Kubota

Covington's LA Office Makes Another Lateral Addition

By Rebecca Cohen |

Carolyn Kubota, a litigator and former member of the policy committee at O’Melveny & Myers, has joined Covington & Burling's new office in Los Angeles.

Hogan Lovells offices at 555 13th Street, NW in Washington, D.C. October 25, 2016.

Hogan Lovells Launches Consulting Arm After PwC Hire

By Rose Walker |

The global legal giant has started a consulting business for its financial services clients in the U.K. after hiring Steve Murphy from his role as a director at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Law Firm Merger Activity Abroad Highlights First Half Frenzy

By Meghan Tribe |

Cross-border combinations continued to propel law firm merger activity through the second quarter of 2017 as U.S. firms continue to look outside the domestic marketplace for growth opportunities, according to reports released Wednesday by legal consultancies Altman Weil Inc. and Fairfax Associates.

Martin Shkreli hears advice from attorney Benjamin Brafman during a 2016 hearing by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

From Martin Shkreli to Donald Trump, Surviving Clients Who Won't Listen

By Christine Simmons |

In the age of at-your-fingertips social media, some defense attorneys are struggling with a new challenge: controlling their own clients.

Goodwin Procter Picks Up Tech Partner in NYC

By Meghan Tribe |

Salil Gandhi, of counsel at Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, is poised to join Goodwin Procter's technology companies group as a partner in New York as the latter looks to capitalize on a growing market for tech clients in the Big Apple.

Associate Wins $180K Over Withheld Origination Fee

By Lizzy McLellan |

A jury has awarded $180,000, including punitive damages, to a former associate of Ronald A. Blumfield P.C., who claimed the firm failed to pay him origination fees promised in his employment agreement.

John Hern Jr.

Clark Hill Heads West After Absorbing 100-Lawyer California Firm

By Roy Strom |

The firm's proposed union with Morris Polich & Purdy will create a combined shop of nearly 450 lawyers in 16 offices stretching coast to coast. Clark Hill, which ranked No. 167 on The Am Law Second Hundred list, brought in $150.5 million in gross revenue last year.

This Year, Fewer but Better-Paid Summer Associates

By McKenna Moore |

The early results of our Summer Associates Survey show a slight decline in hiring.

Left to right: James Kwartnik, Jeffrey Mullen, Raymond Deluca and Bruce Ficken, Cozen O'Connor

Cozen O'Connor Blasts Lawsuit Over Pepper Hamilton Moves

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cozen O'Connor is accusing a partner's ex-client of using a complaint against the firm to delay a multimillion-dollar construction law arbitration, after the former client alleged that a group of lawyers handled conflicts improperly when they joined the firm from Pepper Hamilton.

Tashkent

Dentons Bolts on Another Firm, As UK Revenue Climbs

By Rose Walker |

The growing global legal giant has opened an office in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, after absorbing a 10-lawyer local firm. Dentons also released financial results showing an increase in gross revenue for its U.K. arm in 2016-17, although partner profits fell 9 percent.

Cliff Vrielink, co-managing partner with Sidley Austin in Houston.

Sidley Strengthens Energy Practice With Hire of Two Partners in Houston

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

David Asmus and Brian Bradshaw have moved to Sidley Austin's Houston office from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

Randy Evans, left, and Shari Klevens, right.

Three Tips for Handling the Difficult Decision to Downsize

By Randy Evans and Shari L. Klevens, Dentons US |

When downsizing becomes necessary, it can be an extremely difficult and emotional process. However, a messy breakup benefits no one. Law firms can instead invest the time and resources to help ensure a smooth transition for the departing attorneys and staff.

Blue Apron Holdings Inc. signage is displayed during the company's initial public offering (IPO) outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., on Thursday, June 29, 2017. Meal-kit delivery company Blue Apron Holdings Inc. climbed in its trading debut after slashing the price of its initial public offering. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Wilmer, Goodwin Procter Order In for Blue Apron's IPO

By Brian Baxter |

The two Am Law 100 firms are advising on an initial public offering valuing the New York-based, meal-kit delivery company at $1.89 billion. Wilmer is also netting a seven-figure fee for its work.

Luna the pit bull

Latham Partner's Lawyer Cites 'Dog Racism' in Condo Dispute

By McKenna Moore |

A breach of contract or dog racism? It depends on who you ask. Michelle Kelban-Carteron, co-chair of the real estate practice at Latham & Watkins, has retained a high-powered New York real estate lawyer to press the cause of her five-year-old pit bull, Luna.

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

Cravath Inks Deal With AI Company Part-Owned by Top UK Firm

By Chris Johnson |

The Wall Street firm has joined the growing ranks of elite law firms turning to artificial intelligence in an attempt to cut costs and improve efficiency by signing a deal with British software company Luminance, which is part-owned by Magic Circle firm Slaughter and May.

Kerrie Campbell, partner with Chadbourne & Parke, in Washington, D.C. September 1, 2016. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM.

Sued for Discrimination? No Worries!

By Vivia Chen |

Though gender equality and diversity seem to top everyone's priority list these days, being slapped with a discrimination claim has surprisingly few repercussions.

Latham & Watkins offices in Washington, D.C.

Leading the DOJ: Lessons in Management, Leadership and Whats Up Under Trump

By Cogan Schneier |

Don’t micromanage. Be accessible. Mentor your employees. After leading the Justice Department’s criminal division, Leslie Caldwell and Alice Fisher have a few words of wisdom for corporate counsel and law firm managers. Fisher is now a partner at Latham & Watkins, where Caldwell, just five months out of the Department, will join her in September. In this podcast, the National Law Journal sat down with Caldwell and Fisher to talk about management, leadership, and what to watch at DOJ under President Donald Trump.

Evening view of Pittsburgh from the top of the Duquesne Incline in Mount Washington, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Fragomen to Launch Unique Tech Development Center in Pittsburgh

By Lizzy McLellan |

The 50-person tech center will house all of the immigration firm's software development and cybersecurity functionality, serving as an innovation hub to develop technology for client-facing services.

Paris, France

Big Law Looking Forward to 'Macron-Economic' Boost in France

By Chris Johnson |

France has long been a challenging place in which to do business. The historically left-leaning country's high taxes and tough labor laws often have made it a frustrating market for international investors—and their lawyers.

Why Associates Leave and How You Can Get Them to Stay

By Tina Cohen and Jennifer Henderson, Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report |

When a seemingly happy and successful associate announces the decision to move on, his or her firm can be left feeling shocked and confused. This article provides insight behind these moves, and what law firms can do to make their top associates want to stay.

Scott Reents, lead attorney for data analytics and e-discovery at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

The New E-Discovery: Q&A With Cravath's Head of Data Analytics

By Ben Hancock |

E-discovery professionals and litigators need to think differently about digital evidence, says Scott Reents. "The bigger story is that there is all this information out there, and we're drowning in it."

Mayer Brown Cleared of Malpractice and Negligence in Suit Brought by Pension Funds

By Scott Flaherty |

A federal appeals court has cleared Mayer Brown of a proposed class action accusing the firm of negligence and malpractice over a mistake made in 2008 in connection with a $1.5 billion loan extended by JPMorgan & Co. to General Motors Corp.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Expansion Plans to Gender Bias Claims, What's Next for Norton Rose Fulbright?

By Christine Simmons |

The deal with Chadbourne & Parke is done, but there's still work to do, and some questions linger.

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

Norton Rose Completes Eighth Deal in Seven Years; Now the Real Work Begins

By Chris Johnson |

Thanks to its latest combination, serial acquirer Norton Rose now has around 4,000 attorneys, a quarter of which are in the United States, as well as a network of 58 offices in 32 countries, and annual revenues of about $2 billion.

Lateral Hazard: Legal Malpractice Claims Rise With New Hires

By Roy Strom |

Don't want to get sued for legal malpractice? Here's one over-lawyerly solution: Don't hire laterals. A survey of malpractice insurers states that conflicts of interest, often arising from lateral recruits, is the most common reason for malpractice suits.

DLA Piper Slowly Recovers After Ransomware Attack

By Katelyn Polantz |

After three days without phones and email following a cyberattack across Europe, DLA Piper's U.S. operation is back up and running. 

Labaton Sucharow Continues Its Expansion With 4 New Hires

By Scott Flaherty |

Labaton Sucharow has hired four new lawyers in its securities litigation practice, adding one in its New York office and three others who will beef up the firm's recently launched Washington, D.C., outpost.

New York, New York, a Helluva Town ... for Law Firms?

By Miriam Rozen |

Is there a secret to the failure of so many firms to challenge the city's established elite? Or is their failure overstated?

No White Shoes for George Clooney This Summer, and Other News Oddities

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

The Fourth of July is coming up, so it's no time for serious news. Here's a roundup for some oddly amusing/curious news and gossip for you to digest by the pool or beach.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Chadbourne Is No More as Deal With Norton Rose Fulbright Goes Live

By Christine Simmons |

Global giant Norton Rose Fulbright and Manhattan-based Chadbourne & Parke finalized their merger Friday, ending Chadbourne’s 115-year run as an independent firm.

Eric Blinderman, left, and William Weisman, right.

UK Litigation Funder Expands in US After Launch Last Year

By Scott Flaherty |

A little more than a year after launching in the United States under the leadership of a former Proskauer Rose lawyer and restaurateur, litigation funder Therium Inc. is expanding in New York.

Dr. Larry Nassar, center, and his attorneys, Shannon Smith and Matt Newburg, listen to Judge Donald Allen Jr. rule that Nassar, a former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics sports doctor, should stand trial on sexual assault charges during a hearing, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in Lansing, Mich. Nassar is accused of assaulting a girl from the age of 6 until the girl was 12 at his home in Holt, Mich. He's pleaded not guilty. (Robert Killips/Lansing State Journal via AP)

Legal Bills Grow in Sprawling USA Gymnastics Sex Scandal

By Roy Strom |

Sexual assault allegations against Larry Nassar, a former team physician with the USA women's gymnastics national team and an ex-employee at Michigan State University, has created key litigation and investigatory roles for a handful of large law firms. And the billable hours are increasing.

U.S. Justice Department in Washington

Jones Day's Dreiband Nominated to Civil Rights Post

By Cogan Schneier |

A Jones Day partner who's defended major companies against discrimination lawsuits is President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division

Grenfell Tower fire. Grenfell Tower fire, which consumed the block in west London in the early hours of the morning.

Controversial Retired Judge to Lead UK Fire Disaster Inquiry

By Chris Johnson |

A retired court of appeal judge who was once accused of "social cleansing" has been appointed to lead the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Alistair Dawson of Beck Redden.

Houston Bar Sues to Shut Down 'Fictitious' Firm

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

After a Houston lawyer learned his photo is on the website of a fictitious estate planning firm in Houston, the firm is hit with a lawsuit and an investigation.

Steven Bradbury, then at DOJ's OLC, testifies at an oversight hearing in 2008.

Dechert's Steven Bradbury, Up for Transportation GC, Takes Heat Over Takata

By C. Ryan Barber |

Takata was among the clients Dechert partner Steven Bradbury, President Trump's nominee for Transportation Department general counsel, identified on his financial disclosure form. "I recognize that I am recused for my entire time as general counsel, if I am confirmed, from all aspects of Takata recalls," Bradbury said. He reported earning nearly $1.15 million from Dechert between January 2016 and May 2017.

With OSHA Rule in Limbo, Lawyers Advise Readiness, Patience

By Miriam Rozen |

Big employers may be feeling some relief now that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has scrapped a July 1 deadline for them to submit employee illness and injury reports to an online public database that was mandated under the Obama administration.

Janet Dhillon

Janet Dhillon, Ex-Big Law Turned Longtime GC, Lands Trump Nod for EEOC

By Erin Mulvaney and Mike Scarcella |

Janet Dhillon, a veteran corporate in-house lawyer who led the legal departments at US Airways and JCPenney and now oversees Burlington Stores Inc.'s team, was picked Wednesday for a seat on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In a recent talk, Dhillon, who got her start at Skadden Arps, gave advice to law firms that want to do business with her company. Here are the highlights.

Computer Hacker.

DLA Piper Isn’t Alone—40 Percent of Law Firms Unaware of Breaches

By Ian Lopez |

A survey of 200 U.S. firms found that many law firms are unprepared for cyberattacks, and it’s hurting their standing with clients.

Michael Tanenbaum.

Laterals Push Sedgwick Spinoff Tanenbaum to 20-Lawyer Mark

By David Gialanella |

Tanenbaum Keale, formed five months ago when a group of Newark-based Sedgwick lawyers spun off into their own litigation firm, has done some growing since then, with four single laterals from various firms—including, of course, Sedgwick.

Benjamin Aguilera

After 10-Year Hiatus, An Ex-Greenberg Traurig Partner Returns

By Meghan Tribe |

Greenberg Traurig has absorbed the small Phoenix-based shop of Benjamin Aguilera, a former partner specializing in cross-border transactional work who left the firm in 2007.

Beautiful view of Indianapolis skyline and the White River at sunset

Two Tie-Ups Reshape Indiana Market as Midwest Merger Trend Continues

By Roy Strom |

Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky and Ohio. Believe it or not, those are some of the hottest states for law firm mergers this year. And the trend continued this week when two firms expanded in the Hoosier State.

Kirkland & Ellis alumnae Rachel Gervin, left, and Karen Prena participated in the firm's In-House Insider Experience.

New Kirkland Program Gets Lawyers Thinking About Career Goals, Going In-House

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Some 30 lawyers and firm alumni recently joined Kirkland & Ellis for a career building program.

The attorneys of Cohen | Ruiz join the Miami office of McDonald Hopkins.  Photo: From left to right: Regen Shanzer (associate), Joelle H. Dvir (associate), Mario M. Ruiz (member), and Robert A. Cohen (member).

Miami's Cohen Ruiz Closes Shop, Joins Midwestern Firm

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Business advisory firm Cohen Ruiz is winding down operations after 17 years in practice and will join the Miami office of Cleveland-based McDonald Hopkins on July 10.

Photo by jbdodane

Allen & Overy, Arnold & Porter Lead on Landmark African Bond Issue

By Chris Johnson |

The two firms have grabbed lead roles on a sovereign bond issue by the Federal Republic of Nigeria that may pave the way for similar offerings by other African nations.

Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, left, and Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., right, walk down the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court after holding an Investiture ceremony for Justice Gorsuch, on June 15, 2017.

Meet the Kirkland Partner in Line to Shepherd Trump's Judicial Nominees

By Marcia Coyle |

If President Donald Trump gets to fill another U.S. Supreme Court seat, he will have an experienced hand in Kirkland & Ellis partner Beth Williams guiding any nominee through confirmation. Williams is Trump's pick to head the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Legal Policy. Here are six things to know about Williams, whose nomination was considered Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Young businessman sitting with legs crossed relaxing on the beach

Presenting the Summer Associate Morale-Booster Kit

By Leigh Jones |

No doubt many summer associates are thoroughly enjoying their jobs this season, but for those who feel anxious about their performance or worried about the impression they've made on hiring partners, here's some help.

Michael Tanenbaum.

Laterals Push Sedgwick Spinoff Tanenbaum to 20-Lawyer Mark

By David Gialanella |

Tanenbaum Keale, formed five months ago when a group of Newark-based Sedgwick lawyers spun off into their own litigation firm, has done some growing since then, with four single laterals from various firms—including, of course, Sedgwick.

Ransomware Attack

Your Law Firm Got Hacked. What Do You Do Now?

By Rhys Dipshan |

A four-step guide to how law firms can limit their exposure to further cyber theft and legal liabilities after an attack.

Shuarn Thomas.

An Inside View of Getting the Wrongfully Convicted Exonerated

By Jim Figorski and Melissa Boyers Bluestine |

Lawyers from Dechert and the Pennsylvania Innocence Project recount their experience this year helping to free a man incarcerated for 24 years for a murder he allegedly didn't commit.

Kirkland Beefs Up Private Equity Group With Proskauer Hires

By Christine Simmons |

Kirkland & Ellis, moving quickly to build up a private equity team in its new Boston office, has hired two partners from Proskauer Rose, including a leader of Proskauer's private investment funds group.

Heather Burke

Greenspoon Marder's Cannabis Kick Continues With Burke Bolt-On

By Rebecca Cohen |

One of the most active firms in the legal marijuana space has been Greenspoon Marder, a Florida-based shop that has opened new offices across the country within the past year to cultivate clients in a growing field. Heather Burke, a California lawyer who has written for High Times, has become the latest to join the firm.

Ropes Spinout Sets Debut Date, Hires New CFO Ahead of Merger

By Brian Baxter |

Haley Guiliano, a boutique firm specializing in patent prosecution and other intellectual property work, will officially separate from Ropes & Gray on Aug. 1. The new firm will combine operations with Shvarts & Leiz, a small shop comprised of fellow Ropes & Gray alums, and have offices in London, New York and San Jose, California.

Kenneth Wainstein at a 2014 press conference detailing accounts of academic fraud in association with the University of North Carolina athletic department.

DC White-Collar Star Ken Wainstein Swaps Firms

By Katelyn Polantz |

Kenneth Wainstein is leaving Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, where he was co-chair of the firm’s litigation department and chair of the white-collar group, for Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Notre Dame Touchdown Jesus

Faegre Shrinks in South Bend, Finds New Home Near Touchdown Jesus

By Meghan Tribe |

In an effort to reduce its real estate overhead costs and promote flexible work arrangements, Faegre Baker Daniels is downsizing in South Bend, Indiana. The firm is moving from 40,000 sq. ft. of space at a 14-story office building to a mere 551 sq. ft. at an innovation complex across the street from the University of Notre Dame.

Abbe Lowell

Jared Kushner's New Law Firm Is No Stranger to Russia, Trump

By Christine Simmons |

Jared Kushner's new lawyer in Washington, D.C., Abbe Lowell, already has connections to President Donald Trump­—and Russia—through his New York law firm, Chadbourne & Parke, and its international merger partner, Norton Rose Fulbright.

Ransomware Attack on DLA Piper Puts Law Firms, Clients on Red Alert

By Roy Strom |

The implications of network-crippling malware may be just as damaging for a deadline-driven service industry that holds the fate of companies’ legal issues in its palm.

Steve Berman of Hagens Berman.

Hagens Berman Fires Back in Employment Row; Accuses Lawyer of Deception

By Scott Flaherty |

The firm refuted claims that it breached a lawyer's employment contract, and instead accused the lawyer of misleading the firm about his ability to find plaintiffs for a potential class action over the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meltdown in Japan.

Grenfell Tower in west London after a fire engulfed the 24-story building.

US Lawyers Set Sights on Manufacturer in UK High-Rise Fire

By Miriam Rozen |

The fire that killed 79 people in London's Grenfell Tower was a U.K. tragedy, but it's also getting the attention of the securities plaintiffs bar in the United States. That could spell legal trouble for Arconic, the New York-based company that made the exterior paneling being blamed for the fire's ferocity­—and potentially for its directors and officers.

Steptoe & Johnson offices in Washington, D.C. June 12, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Steptoe & Johnson Accused of Discriminating Against Female Lawyers

By Scott Flaherty |

Steptoe & Johnson became the latest major law firm to face accusations that it discriminates against women lawyers.

Talking Business of Law: The Dance Around Change

By Gina Passarella |

Law firms and clients seem to be playing a game of chicken when it comes to whether the business of law will undergo a paradigm shift.

Schnader Harrison White-Collar Chair Jumps to Blank Rome

By Lizzy McLellan |

Mark Lee, a former prosecutor who chaired Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis' white-collar defense and corporate investigations group, has moved his practice to Blank Rome.

Data Breach.

DLA Piper Hit by Cyber Attack, Phones and Computers Down Across the Firm

By James Booth |

The shutdown appears to have been caused by a ransomware attack, similar to the WannaCry attack that hit organizations such as the NHS last month.

Abbe Lowell of Chadbourne & Parke. HANDOUT.

Jared Kushner Joins Ranks of Abbe Lowell Clients

By Cogan Schneier |

Kushner retained the Chadbourne & Parke partner to represent him amid the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Here's a look at Lowell's distinguished client list.

Takata airbag components.

Weil Grabs Bankruptcy Wheel for Ailing Air Bag Maker Takata

By Brian Baxter |

Japanese auto parts manufacturer Takata Corp. has turned to Weil, Gotshal & Manges and two other firms as it pursues a $1.6 billion sale to Key Safety Systems Inc. The proposed acquirer, advised by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, is owned by China's Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corp. Big legal fees loom on the horizon.

Keila Ravelo, former partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Prosecutors Move to Limit Arguments in Ex-Willkie Partner's Fraud Trial

By Christine Simmons |

As prosecutors prepare to try former Willkie Farr & Gallagher partner Keila Ravelo for fraud this fall, they are urging a federal judge in New Jersey to bar Ravelo from attacking a potential witness, attorney Gary Friedman, and to exclude arguments that could prompt sympathy with jurors.

VGL Capital

Litigation Funder VGL Capital Bolsters Staff With Two Hires

By Roy Strom |

Barry Mandel, a retired partner at Foley & Lardner and former head of the firm’s securities enforcement and litigation practice, and Denis Salmon, a former co-chair of the intellectual property group at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, are making the move to a California-based litigation financier.

Dentons Washington, D.C. offices. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

3 Takeaways From Ex-Dentons Associate's Alleged Extortion Plot

By Scott Flaherty |

As many young lawyers settled in for a summer or their first year at a large law firm, global legal giant Dentons recently cut ties with one of its Los Angeles-based associates under unusual circumstances.

Legal Departments Keep Huge Percentage of Work In-House. Here's Why.

By Jennifer WIlliams-Alvarez |

Nearly 75 percent of work for legal departments is handled internally, according to a recent survey report from ALM Intelligence and Morrison & Foerster.

Russian Rubles

And You Thought You Had Currency Problems? Alas, Poor Russia

By Chris Johnson |

International sanctions and a drop in global energy prices have hit the Russian economy hard, resulting in wild swings in the value of the ruble.

Brian Kelly

Stroock Bringing Aboard Restructuring Team

By Christine Simmons |

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan is bringing on a four-person restructuring team. Brian Kelly, who was special counsel at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, is joining Stroock as a partner Monday, while Samantha Martin, who was an associate at Morrison & Foerster, has come aboard as special counsel.

The NLJ 500: Our Annual Survey of the Nation's Largest Law Firms

By ALM Staff |

Welcome to the 2017 NLJ 500, an annual survey that debuted nearly 40 years ago with 200 firms. In this year’s report, the number of lawyers working at the nation’s 500 largest U.S.-centric law firms in 2016 grew by about 2 percent from the previous year, to 163,700. The average lawyer count per firm bumped up slightly, to 327.

Palm Trees and Blue Sky

Two Golden State Boutiques Close Up Shop

By Rebecca Cohen |

Los Angeles-based Tropio & Morlan has disbanded, with the bulk of its lawyers joining Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, while Beverly Hills-based entertainment law firm Freund & Brackey has broken up, with several of its lawyers landing at different locales.

Alex Reid of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Claire Blaustein, who works at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, played the Black Cat in Washington, D.C., on June 22. Their band

The Law Firm Supergroup That Outplayed Them All; Latham's Litigation Hires; Bharara's Book Deal

By Katelyn Polantz |

The annual Battle of the Law Firm Bands took place in Washington, D.C., on June 22, featuring acts like the “Estoppelgangers,” “Nuclear Covfefe,” “Sutherland Comfort,” “The Perks” and “The Precedents.” Washington Wrap is a weekly roundup of Big Law and federal government hires and other Washington, D.C., legal news.

Fenwick & West at San Francisco's pride parade in 2016

From East to West, Big Law Comes Out for Pride

By Meghan Tribe |

On Sunday, June 25th, Pride Month celebrations will culminate with parades across the country, from New York to San Francisco. Lawyers and staffers from many law firms will be participating in the festivities.

Years After Legal Troubles, Ex-Big Law Partner Re-Emerges

By Scott Flaherty |

David Schwinger appears to have revived his law career.

Lewis Rice's Rare Subsidiary Law Firm Expands in St. Louis

By Roy Strom |

A Midwest experiment to provide trusts and estates legal services at a lower cost is showing signs of success. TuckerAllen, a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Louis Rice, has served 1,000 families in its 10 months of existence. This week it expanded by acquiring a small, local law practice.

HBO's John Oliver with Robert Murray (inset)

Abrams Calls Mining Magnate’s Libel Suit Against HBO a Long Shot

By Miriam Rozen |

British comedian John Oliver has a good defense in a defamation suit filed against him and HBO, the cable network that produces “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” said Floyd Abrams, a First Amendment litigation veteran and senior partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel.

Paris, France

Ashurst to Shift Paris Focus

By Rose Walker |

Following the exit of a second major team in Paris this year, Ashurst is facing an uphill struggle to rebuild its base in the French capital.

Lawsuit Against Duane Morris Highlights Cost Projection Woes

By Lizzy McLellan |

Without precise cost projections and constant communication with clients, law firms can find themselves in a stand-off after the legal work is done.

Cooley Seeks Collaborative Inspiration With GitHub 'Series Seed' Documents

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

Firm hosts tech experiment that allows attorney-client collaboration

Trump and Devos Deliver One-Two Punch on Law School Loans

By Steven J. Harper |

For young lawyers hoping that public service loan forgiveness could be an answer to a lifetime of student debt burdens, President Trump has some bad news.

Hiring Misfires Show Need for Tougher Law Firm Vetting

By Scott Flaherty |

In less than a year, Big Law has seen at least three lateral hires go seriously, even criminally, awry.

Canadian Firm Launches Fund Targeting Tech Industry Clients

By Meghan Tribe |

Toronto-based Blake, Cassels & Graydon is launching a first-of-its-kind fund to provide subsidized legal services to support the rapidly growing Canadian startup market.

Sleepless Nights for GCs Caused by Regulations and Crisis Management

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

A new report from ALM Intelligence and Morrison & Foerster shows just what is keeping GCs up at night.

George Clooney and friends, presumably celebrating the sale of Casamigos Tequila

Wilson Elser Lawyer Helps Clooney Close $1B Tequila Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Larry Waks is representing an investment group that includes George Clooney on the roughly $1 billion sale of the premier Casamigos Tequila brand to global spirits giant Diageo plc, which is being advised by Sullivan & Cromwell.

Uber self-driving car

MoFo Withheld Stolen Waymo Files, Quinn Claims

By Ben Hancock |

Attorneys for Google's driverless car division say Morrison & Foerster lawyers had access to a portion of the stolen files at the center of a trade secrets lawsuit against Uber.

Caesars Bankruptcy Still Paying Out to Three Big Firms

By Roy Strom |

A U.S. bankruptcy judge in Chicago recently approved payments to Kirkland, Jones Day and Proskauer Rose in the Chapter 11 case of casino and hotel giant Caesars Entertainment. The bankruptcy, winding down after nearly two years of proceedings, has brought more than $125 million collectively into those three firms' coffers.

Data Breach.

Jackson Lewis and Merchants Information Solutions Team Up for Cybersecurity Alliance

By Zach Warren |

The partnership between Merchants’ SmartIDentity for Business platform and Jackson Lewis cybersecurity counsel is part of a growing focus on enterprise-wide breach response.

Miller & Chevalier offices in Washington, D.C.

Miller & Chevalier Saddles Up for 100th Anniversary with New Chairman

By Katelyn Polantz |

Tax specialist Marc Gerson will take over as chairman of the 105-lawyer Washington firm, which recently moved to new offices and will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020.

'I Can't Get No Satisfaction' — Or Can I?

By Bruce Lithgow, Law Firm Partnership & Benefits Report |

How Lawyers Can Maximize Job Satisfaction Multiple studies suggest that lawyers are among the least satisfied of all professionals. What many lawyers fail to realize, however, is that satisfaction is not as elusive as it seems. If you are among the majority of attorneys who fall somewhere below 85% on the satisfaction scale, you can do something about it.

From left: Jonathan Berschadsky, Frank DeLucia Jr. and Luciano Ricondo.

IP Boutique Expands NYC Office With Partner Hires

By Christine Simmons |

Two partners who were practice group leaders at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto have joined the New York office of Minneapolis-founded IP boutique Merchant & Gould.

Josh King is the chief legal officer at Avvo Inc.

Avvo, LegalZoom, Rocket Lawyer Declared Off-Limits

By David Gialanella |

A joint opinion by three New Jersey Supreme Court committees has blacklisted three web-based services that match litigants with attorneys.

Wendell Taylor.

Hunton Swaps DC Leaders After Antitrust Team Joins Shearman

By Katelyn Polantz |

After David Higbee unexpectedly resigned to join Shearman & Sterling—taking four other antitrust partners with him—Hunton & Williams named Wendell Taylor to replace him as head of its Washington office.

Abdi Shayesteh

Ex-Big Law Associate Sells Experience With Legal Startup

By Meghan Tribe |

Abdi Shayesteh, a former King & Spalding associate who held several Big Law and in-house roles, has created an online platform called AltaClaro that links lawyers to top legal professionals that provide mentorship and counseling necessary to advance their legal careers.

Josh and Jen Sussberg with their three sons

Kirkland Bankruptcy Partner Gives Back Amid Cancer Battle

By McKenna Moore |

Joshua Sussberg, a business finance and restructuring partner at Kirkland & Ellis in New York, is no stranger to distress. But when he was diagnosed last year with a rare form of cancer, Sussberg had a new fight on his hands, and not one easily dispatched in bankruptcy court.

Carbon Tax Plan Could Mean Less Work for Some Lawyers, More for Others

By Miriam Rozen |

Even though it could idle some lawyers, partners from Baker Botts, Jackson Walker and Haynes and Boone voiced tentative support this week for legislation that would tax carbon emissions while gutting environmental regulation.

Leslie Caldwell.

Latham Makes Another Key Litigation Hire in Leslie Caldwell

By Rebecca Cohen |

Leslie Caldwell has become the latest former head of the U.S. Department of Justice's criminal division to join Latham & Watkins. The firm announced Wednesday that Caldwell will join its white-collar defense and investigations practice in September. The former partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius will work out of San Francisco.

Andrea Jeffries

Jones Day Welcomes Wilmer IP, Tech Partner in LA

By Rebecca Cohen |

Andrea Jeffries, a high-profile intellectual property and technology litigation partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in Los Angeles, is headed to Jones Day. Jeffries, who spent more than six years at Wilmer, is the latest lateral recruit by Jones Day this year.

As Litigators Depart, Sedgwick Sheds Staffers

By Roy Strom |

After watching a large group of lawyers decamp earlier this year, San Francisco-based Sedgwick has seen a spate of partner departures within the past month. Mintz Levin has landed two partners in Los Angeles, while Crowell & Moring and Troutman Sanders have made hires in other cities. As a result, Sedgwick has shed some staffers.

Boston Harbor and Financial District at sunset in Boston, Massachusetts.

Two Big Firms Raid Ropes & Gray's Partnership Ranks

By Meghan Tribe |

Ropes & Gray saw a pair of partners leave its headquarters in Boston this week for Am Law 100 rivals. Goodwin Procter has added real estate investments and transactions group co-head Marc Lazar, while private equity partner Jason Serlenga has joined Kirkland & Ellis’ new Boston office.

Funds Leader Leaves Stroock Amid Corporate Group Losses

By Christine Simmons |

Lior Ohayon, who was co-leader of Stroock's corporate practice and chair of its private funds group, plans to join Willkie Farr & Gallagher as a partner in its asset management practice this week. The move continues a string of fund attorney exits from Stroock amid a recent leadership change.

NYSE stock trading floor.

Plaintiffs Firms Earn Almost $1B in Fees From 2016 Securities Class Action Settlements

By Scott Flaherty |

It was a record year for securities settlements and for the plaintiffs lawyers that represented investors in securities class actions.

Jack Quinn.

Jack Quinn Returns to Big Law, Trading Lobby Shop for Manatt

By Katelyn Polantz |

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips announced Tuesday that Quinn is now a partner at the firm and will chair its federal regulatory and government practice in Washington.

Miss Idaho, Elizabeth Barchas, appears in the annual Miss America parade on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J., Friday, Sept. 17, 2004.

This Beauty Queen Turned DOJ Lawyer Could Mean Trouble for Trump

By Vivia Chen |

Did we mention she's a Harvard Law grad and two-time SCOTUS clerk? And she's working for the enemy, Robert Mueller.

Charles Cooper, second from right, sat behind his friend and client Jeff Sessions at the attorney general's Congressional testimony last week.

Chuck Cooper Confirms: He's AG Jeff Sessions' Lawyer

By Katelyn Polantz |

Cooper didn't provide additional details on the nature of the representation&including whether it extends to the criminal inquiry into Trump campaign affiliates' involvement with Russia.

Dan Nardello of Nardello & Co.

The Case for Lateral Partner Due Diligence

By Dan Nardello |

Consultant Dan Nardello lays out how law firms can better investigate potential new partners.

K&L Gates Shutters Alaska Outpost, Citing Cool Demand

By Lizzy McLellan |

K&L Gates is in the process of closing its office in Anchorage, Alaska, the firm confirmed Tuesday.

William Hill

McIver's Lawyers Accuse Prosecutors of Withholding Evidence

By R. Robin McDonald |

Attorneys for Atlanta attorney Claud "Tex" McIver have accused Fulton County prosecutors of intentionally withholding exculpatory evidence generated by Atlanta police that would belie the murder charges currently pending against McIver in an emergency motion filed in Fulton County Superior Court on Monday.

John Dowd.

Kasowitz Plus Dowd Equals Combative Mix for Team Trump

By Katelyn Polantz |

Depending on whom you ask, John Dowd is either the perfect choice to represent President Donald Trump or a combustible addition to his already unconventional criminal defense team.

'For Growth's Sake,' Enough Already

By Roy Strom |

If your firm’s latest merger or lateral hire isn’t “growth for growth's sake,” then save the unprompted defense. It’s not believable.

Inside the C-suite.

Law Firm Talent Execs Get a Seat at the Table

By Lizzy McLellan |

With an eye on human capital, more law firms are putting talent management leaders in the C-suite to drive comprehensive growth strategies.

Stroock Dodges Claims Stemming From $45M Investment Dispute

By Christine Simmons |

A Manhattan judge has dismissed claims against Stroock & Stroock & Lavan brought by Brown Rudnick related to a legal malpractice dispute, trimming a defendant from a 5-year-old case that entangled three law firms and investment firm Stonebridge Capital.

Clifford Chance Adds Two Corporate Partners in New York

Clifford Chance has recruited two corporate partners in New York, including the former group general counsel of Zurich Insurance Group.

Wells Fargo

Plaintiffs Firms to Score $4.5M in Fees From Wells Fargo TCPA Deal

By Scott Flaherty |

Two plaintiffs firms are set to split about $4.45 million in light of a proposed settlement of automatic phone call consumer protection claims against a unit of Wells Fargo Bank.

John Rowley III

Good Samaritan Scores Summer Associate Gig After Train Station Assault

By Meghan Tribe |

Andrew Miller, a law student at George Washington University, defended Baker McKenzie partner John Rowley when he was assaulted last month in Washington, D.C. That heroic act helped Miller land a summer associate job at the firm this summer.

Robert Schick, partner with Vinson & Elkins in Houston.

Trial Lawyer Robert Schick Returns to Vinson & Elkins

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Robert Schick, who left Vinson & Elkins in 2014 to form a litigation boutique in Houston with Morgan Copeland, returned to V&E.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher offices in Washington, D.C. June 23, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Gibson Dunn Builds Up Its Presence in Europe, Finding Opportunity Amid Uncertainty

By Chris Johnson |

The firm, which has five offices in Europe, has continued to steadily build up its presence there.

Orrick in San Francisco

Orrick Ushers in New Parental Leave Policy

By Rebecca Cohen |

Just in time for Father's Day, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is expanding the relatively generous parental leave policy the firm introduced two years ago.

Whole Foods.

Deal Watch: Five Firms Advise on Amazon's Bid to Buy Whole Foods

By Meghan Tribe |

Wachtell, Weil, Sullivan & Cromwell, Paul Hastings and Latham & Watkins are advising various parties on e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc.'s $13.4 billion offer to acquire organic upscale grocery Whole Foods Markets Inc.

Barnes & Thornburg's Efficiency Push: A Change Management Story

By Roy Strom |

Two years ago, the 520-lawyer firm set out to develop a legal project management strategy. The BT ValueWorks program now includes 125 lawyers and is budgeting matters that make up 10 percent of Barnes & Thornburg's revenue. Change management is an issue all law firms face.

Weil Launches App to Connect Clients, Firm Alumni

By Miriam Rozen |

Lawyers who leave Weil often "do great things," explained Kito Huggins, the firm's director of executive administration, who helped create the app. And, he added: "Many of them are our clients." 


Former Duane Morris Client Seeks $680K For Going Over Budget

By Max Mitchell |

A former Duane Morris client is seeking nearly $700,000 from the firm claiming it misrepresented how much it would cost for the firm to represent him.

425 Lexington Ave.

Growing Holwell Shuster Snags Excess Space From Simpson Thacher in Midtown

By Christine Simmons |

Holwell Shuster & Goldberg, a five-year-old boutique that continues to be flush with litigation work from the financial crisis, will double its office space when it moves into three subleased floors from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in midtown Manhattan by the end of the year.

Actor Larry Thomas, who popularized the phrase “No soup for you!” on Seinfeld

No Soup For Them! Soupman's Bankruptcy Leaves Big Law Bowls Empty

By Brian Baxter |

Soupman Inc., a company that licenses the name made famous by the sitcom "Seinfeld," filed for bankruptcy on June 13 in Delaware, just weeks after its CFO was arrested for tax evasion. Polsinelli is seeking to save the debtor as it pursues a sale in Chapter 11. But some other large law firms face big writeoffs on their legal bills.

Bob Grand.

What One Law Firm Leader Learned About Diversity From His Clients

By Robert T. Grand |

Barnes & Thornburg's managing partner, Robert Grand, sought out his client's feelings on law firm diversity. Here is what they said.

Whole Foods.

Sullivan & Cromwell and Wachtell Advise on Amazon's Purchase of Whole Foods

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Wachtell represents Whole Foods Market in its pending $13.7 billion acquisition by Amazon, which turned to Sullivan & Cromwell.

Furious frustrated businesswoman

The Careerist: Choose One: 1) Ditzy Broad or 2) Angry Bitch

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

In case you're not keeping score, the sexist comments are flying these days. Let's just focus on two recent incidents.

Vice President Mike Pence

Pence Taps McGuireWoods' Cullen for Russia Probe

By Scott Flaherty |

The vice president has turned to veteran litigator and McGuireWoods chairman Richard Cullen, who was once partners with James Comey, amid the special counsel investigation into President Donald Trump campaign ties to Russia.

Donald Clark Jr.

A Transformed Butler Snow Re-Elects Its 68-Year-Old Leader

By Roy Strom |

Donald Clark Jr. led Butler Snow from the three-office, 140-lawyer regional firm it was in 2006, to a 330-lawyer international firm with offices in 24 locations. The 68-year-old has now been asked to continue his leadership of the firm until January 2020.

Marc Kasowitz

Kasowitz Hit With Ethics Complaints in NY, DC Over White House Advice

By Christine Simmons |

Marc Kasowitz, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, is facing two ethics complaints with the New York and Washington, D.C., bars over his reported advice to White House staffers.

Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaks to a networking reception for current SEO Law Fellows and recent SEO Law alumni.

Bharara Touts Diversity Benefits in Law, Tweaks Kasowitz in Milbank Speech

By B. Colby Hamilton |

Diversity in the law is critical but the binding force of commonality will always be the greater strength, former Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara told nearly 100 current and former Milbank summer law fellows on Wednesday.

Hogan Lovells Heads to Boston After Local Merger

By Meghan Tribe |

The Am Law 100 firm has acquired 25-lawyer litigation boutique Collora to open a new office in Boston. The outpost in Beantown will be the 47th locale for Hogan Lovells.

American Airlines.

US Lawyers Who Spurred Cuba Investments Await Trump Changes

By Miriam Rozen |

American Airlines' lawyer weighs in, carefully, on the looming changes in U.S.-Cuba relations.

Doha, Qatar.

Law Firms Reassessing Role in Middle East After Qatar Crisis

By James Booth |

“It’s tangible, it’s real, it’s sensitive, it’s serious and it doesn’t look like it’s going to go away any time soon,” says one law firm partner of the diplomatic crisis currently roiling the Middle East.

Charles Tobin, with Ballard Spahr

Ballard Spahr’s New Media Lawyer Dives in with Comey Memos Suit

By Cogan Schneier |

Roughly ten days after ditching Holland & Knight due to the firm’s alleged moratorium on challenging President Donald Trump, Tobin filed a lawsuit Thursday against the FBI on behalf of CNN.

Hunton & Williams Antitrust Team to Join Shearman in DC

By Anna Ward |

A team of Hunton & Williams competition lawyers, including five partners, is poised to leave the firm for Shearman & Sterling in Washington, D.C.

Joseph Serino

Kirkland Brings Back One Ex-Litigator, But Loses Two to Latham

By Meghan Tribe and Brian Baxter |

After 41 years at Kirkland & Ellis, James Schink left the firm's Chicago headquarters in December for Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. Just six months later, however, Schink has quietly returned to his longtime home, which this week saw two other litigators decamp for Latham & Watkins in New York.

Tower Bridge and downtown Sacramento, California.

Locke Lord Closes Sacramento Office After Lewis Brisbois Raid

By Rebecca Cohen |

Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith snagged a five-lawyer team from Locke Lord in Sacramento led by corporate partner Scott Bartel. The group helped open Locke Lord’s office in the Golden State capital in 2011.

Alitalia Jet

Freshfields Swoops in for Alitalia's US Bankruptcy Work

By Brian Baxter |

A pair of recent lateral hires by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer from Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer have helped the Magic Circle firm swoop in for a lead role on the bankruptcy of Alitalia SpA. The ailing Italian airline sought Chapter 15 protection Monday in the Southern District of New York.

Kerrie Campbell.

Judge Keeps $100M Chadbourne Gender Bias Case Alive; Proskauer Looks to Escape

By Scott Flaherty |

Nearly two months after voting to expel a former partner who is leading a $100 million gender bias suit against Chadbourne & Parke, the firm failed on Wednesday to escape a proposed class action alleging it's run by an " all-male dictatorship." Proskauer Rose, on the other hand, sought to dismiss a separate $50 million damages claim.

Happy Birthday Law Firm Advertising A Retrospective

By Leigh Jones |

Nowhere is the great divide between the plaintiffs bar and Big Law perhaps more obvious than in attorney advertising.

Chadbourne & Parke offices in Washington, D.C.

Chadbourne's Norton Rose Fulbright Deal Faces Conflict Delay

By Anna Ward |

A proposed combination between Chadbourne & Parke and Norton Rose Fulbright scheduled to close sometime in the second quarter of this year is facing delays due to client conflicts. Norton Rose Fulbright, meanwhile, announced another deal this week with Australia's Henry Davis York.

Brussels, Belgium.

Sullivan & Cromwell Boosts Brussels Office With Senior Antitrust Hire

By Chris Johnson |

Less than a month after launching in the EU capital, the firm has expanded with the hire of the EU's former deputy director-general for competition.

AARP office in Washington, D.C.

AARP Lawyer Urges Fresh Look at Mandatory Retirement at Big Firms

By Erin Mulvaney |

Company policies such as mandatory retirement—a common practice adopted in partnership deals at major law and accounting firms—should be scrutinized as a possible violation of age discrimination laws, an AARP in-house lawyer told the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Wednesday.

Lawyer William Hill (left) and Claud

Political Power and a Shifting Narrative in Shooting Death of Prominent Atlanta Lawyer's Wife

By R. Robin McDonald |

Each new tweak to the tale of how Diane McIver was shot to death by her husband, Fisher & Phillips senior partner Claud "Tex" McIver, stoked a chorus of growing suspicion.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw, Hunton & Williams Merger Talks Go Cold

By James Booth |

Addleshaw Goddard's tie-up talks with Hunton & Williams have fizzled out nearly two years after they began, with the news coming as the British firm's discussions with Germany's Luther have also come to an end.

TheJudge, a U.K.-based litigation insurer, is bringing its business to U.S. shores.

Litigation Finance, Sure. Litigation Insurance? UK Broker Seeks US Sales

By Roy Strom |

A relative of litigation funding, litigation insurance for plaintiffs can defray the cost of an unsuccessful case. TheJudge is a British outfit launching in New York as part of its plan to bring the product across the pond to U.S. companies and law firms.

Andrew Weissman.

Enron Vet Defends Weissmann, Says Firing Mueller 'Dumber Than a Bucket of Hair'

By Miriam Rozen |

Andrew Weissmann and Robert Mueller can be fair and "the Trump administration's worst nightmare" at the same time, says defense lawyer Dan Cogdell.

Sharon Larkin and Beth Ferrell

Big Law Vets Launch Women-Owned Beltway Boutique

By Meghan Tribe |

Steptoe & Johnson government contacts partner Sharon Larkin in Washington, D.C., has teamed up with Bradley Arant partner Elizabeth Ferrell to form the women-owned government contracts boutique inside the Beltway called Larkin Ferrell.

Marc Kasowitz addresses the media on June 8 following the congressional testimony of former FBI Director James Comey

Trump Case Leaves Marc Kasowitz's Law Firm at a Crossroads

By Christine Simmons |

Kasowitz's career-defining undertaking in Washington, D.C., has raised new questions about the trajectory of his New York firm.

Former Herrick Tax Practice Chair Pleads Guilty to Tax Charges

By B. Colby Hamilton |

Harold Levine and a co-defendant pleaded guilty to charges that they failed to report collectively more than $4 million in income, according to the Southern District U.S. Attorney's office.

Locke Lord Leaders Launch Boutique Amid TCPA Uncertainty for Big Law

By Roy Strom |

Like many big firm lawyers, Locke Lord's Martin Jaszczuk built a practice representing clients hit by a wave of telemarketing suits. Now that he’s on his own, what happens if that torrent turns back to a trickle?

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building.

Ex-SEC Chair's Chief Legal Adviser Liftik Joins Quinn Emanuel

By Melanie Waddell, ThinkAdvisor |

As partner, Michael Liftik will focus on government and internal investigations, regulatory enforcement defense, securities litigation and cybersecurity.

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies about his firing by President Donald Trump during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on June 8, 2017.

James Comey Is the Feminist du Jour

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

It is weirdly comforting that a big, strong guy like Comey is no better at handling a manipulative, slimy guy in power than we women are.

Paul Bond and Mark Melodia, with Reed Smith.

Law Firm Apps Designed to Impress Clients—and to Win Them

By Miriam Rozen |

The apps keep coming, but do most clients care?

Hogan Lovells Lands Another Ex-Weil M&A Lawyer

By Rebecca Cohen |

More than two months after adding a high-profile technology transactions team from Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Silicon Valley, Hogan Lovells has recruited Weil associate Christopher Moore as a partner in the Bay Area.

Money Talks, Partners Walk: How the Pay Gap Between Elite US and UK Firms Became a Chasm

By Hugh Simons |

An underappreciated effect of the Great Recession is how it put on steroids the amounts by which elite US firms can outflank their UK counterparts on partner compensation.

Sydney, Australia

Norton Rose Fulbright Inks Another Deal Down Under

By Anna Ward |

Norton Rose Fulbright and Australia's Henry Davis York will combine later this year after partners at both firms voted in favor of a union. The moves comes on the heels of Norton Rose Fulbright's agreement to combine with Chadbourne & Parke and absorption of a Vancouver-based firm on Jan. 1.

Gibson Dunn Continues European Hiring Spree

By Rose Walker |

Herbert Smith Freehills' co-head of energy, Anna Howell, is set to join Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in London, as the Am Law 100 firm continues to expand its operations in Europe.

Gymboree Store, Scarborough Canada.

Play Time's Over—Three Firms Take Roles on Gymboree Bankruptcy

By Brian Baxter |

Kirkland & Ellis added another key bankruptcy case to its restructuring portfolio this week as San Francisco-based children's clothing retailer The Gymboree Corp. filed for Chapter 11 protection Sunday in Richmond, Virginia. Gymboree, the latest retailer to go bust this year, has also retained Munger, Tolles & Olson and Kutak Rock.

Barclay Damon Overhauls Pay Scale as Midsize Firms Cater to Associates

By Christine Simmons |

Barclay Damon, a growing Northeast regional firm, has rolled out new initiatives for associates that range from changes to compensation and bonuses to policies geared toward child care and working from home. "It's a hit to profitability in the short term," managing partner John Langan conceded. But, he added, "It's an investment in our future."

Stanley Twardy of Day Pitney.

Day Pitney Picks Up Ex-Polsinelli, Kasowitz Benson Litigator

By Meghan Tribe |

The Am Law 200 firm has hired commercial litigation partner Adam Grant in New York, where he spent the past two years at Polsinelli, having joined that firm in May 2015 from what is now Kasowitz Benson Torres.

Sheppard Mullin Poaches Media and Entertainment Partner From Hughes Hubbard

By Scott Flaherty |

Daniel Schnapp joins as a partner and co-leader of his new firm's technology transactions team.

Longford Capital Hires Paul Hastings Lawyer to Source Bankruptcy Deals

By Roy Strom |

Chicago-based litigation financier Longford Capital Management LP has hired director Marc Carmel to bolster its restructuring operations. Carmel comes from Paul Hastings, where he was of counsel after joining that firm from Kirkland & Ellis’ partnership in 2011.

Is Big Law Hurting Itself by Being Too Soft With Clients?

By Chris Johnson |

Should law firms refuse to hand over time-entry data to clients when working on a fixed fee?

Belfast at Night over the River Lagan, Belfast City, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom (UK).

Belfast Police Search Office of Herbert Smith Freehills

By Brian Baxter |

Police from an organized crime unit conducting a drug investigation recently raided the global legal giant's back office operations center in Northern Ireland.

Covington Adds 15 More Chadbourne Lawyers in Three Cities

By Brian Baxter |

A little more than a month after touting its hire of a four-partner project finance team from Chadbourne & Parke to open new offices in Dubai and Johannesburg, Covington & Burling has completed its acquisition of a team of associates and of counsel from the firm has Chadbourne prepares to combine with Norton Rose Fulbright.

Big Law Labor Firms on Hook in Joe's Crab Bankruptcy

By Meghan Tribe |

The choppy seas of the restaurant industry have swamped another eatery in Joe’s Crab Shack, whose Houston-based parent company owes nearly $220,000 to a pair of high-powered, Atlanta-based labor and employment firms. Ignite Restaurant Group Inc., owner of the popular seafood establishment and casual dining chain Brick House Tavern + Tap, filed for bankruptcy in Houston on June 6.

Covington & Burling offices under construction at 850 10th Streent, NW, inside the City Centre complex, on May 13, 2014.

Covington Goes Dark on Comey Day; Filling Vacancies; Kasowitz in Spotlight

By Katelyn Polantz |

Washington Wrap is a weekly roundup of Big Law and federal government hires and other Washington, D.C., legal news.

Where Should Firms Draw Line on Contract Lawyers?

By Miriam Rozen |

Susman Godfrey has a policy when it comes to contract lawyers: The high-flying litigation firm discloses to clients exactly how much the temporary attorneys cost, and that's exactly what the client pays. In other words: No surcharge.

Steven Peikin

Another Sullivan & Cromwell Partner Tapped for Key SEC Post

By Christine Simmons |

Sullivan & Cromwell saw another of its own chosen this week to serve in the Trump administration, as partner Steven Peikin was named a co-director of enforcement for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alongside former Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr partner Stephanie Avakian, now the division's acting director.

Fenwick Beefs Up Cybersecurity Practice With Paul Hastings, Industry Pros

By Christine Simmons |

Fenwick & West has hired James Koenig as a partner and co-leader of its privacy and cybersecurity practice in New York. Koenig said the practice is also hiring non-lawyer privacy and security advisers, making Fenwick the latest firm to say it can offer clients much more than traditional legal advice by having a multidisciplined team.

Inside the C-Suite: Firms Drill Down on Selling Services

By Lizzy McLellan |

In a legal industry plagued by flat demand, business development is especially critical. So it's only natural that law firm leaders are placing a higher premium on business development professionals.

Lawyers React to UK Election Results

Partners may not have wanted a Labour Government, according to our survey published yesterday, but they feared the prospect of a hung parliament even more, with more than 60% of respondents believing activity levels would fall over the next 12 months in the event of no party winning an outright majority.

The Transatlantic Legal Awards logo.

Clyde & Co, Skadden, Among Big Winners at Transatlantic Legal Awards

By Chris Johnson |

ALM Media announces the winners of the 2017 Transatlantic Legal Awards, which recognize law firms for excellence in handling trans-Atlantic matters.

A Pro Bono Stage of a Different Sort for Weil

By Meghan Tribe and Brian Baxter |

Weil, Gotshal & Manges, a firm familiar with high-profile bankruptcy engagements, took on a Chapter 7 case this week for The Pearl Theatre Co., a longtime off Broadway acting troupe in New York City. But Weil also scored a more lucrative assignment for an oil services company.

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Susman Godfrey Offers $25K Signing Bonuses to Entice Recruits

By Miriam Rozen |

Houston's Susman Godfrey, which jolted the market last year when it hiked starting associate salaries to $190,000, just crammed another lure on its hiring hook: a $25,000 signing bonus.

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies about his firing by President Donald Trump during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on June 8, 2017.

Comey Watchers Ask: Where Are the Lawyers?

By Katelyn Polantz |

Among the throngs of suits gathered to watch James Comey Jr. testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, there was a notable absence: A personal lawyer at the former FBI director's back. But partners from a pair of Am Law 100 firms are said to be counseling Comey.

Scott Wolas.

Ex-Wife of Fugitive Former Hunton Partner Accused of Lying to Feds

By Brian Baxter |

Cecily Sturge, the former wife of ex-Hunton & Williams partner Scott Wolas, has been accused of lying to federal agents about his whereabouts and trying to access his law firm retirement benefits. Wolas was arrested in April and charged with perpetrating a $1.5 million real estate fraud after being a fugitive for 20 years.

Polsinelli's Russell Welsh.

Polsinelli's Leaders, New and Old, Discuss Firm's Future

By Meghan Tribe |

After nominating real estate practice head F. Chase Simmons to succeed W. Russell Welsh as head of Polsinelli late last month, the Am Law 100 firm confirmed his ascension to its top leadership role after a partnership vote Thursday.

Ricardo Anzaldua, executive vice president and general counsel of Metlife

MetLife GC Ricardo Anzaldua Stepping Down

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

After nearly five years as the top lawyer at insurance giant MetLife Inc., executive vice president and general counsel Ricardo Anzaldua has announced his plans to retire.

Paris, France

Gibson Dunn Raids Ashurst for Four-Partner Paris Team

By James Booth |

The Am Law 100 firm will launch a French litigation and disputes practice after taking four partners from Ashurst, the second mass defection from the British firm’s Paris office so far this year.

Debra Pole of Sidley Austin in Los Angeles, left, and James T. Smith of Blank Rome in Philadelphia.

J&J Brings Big Law Firepower for Talc Trials

By Amanda Bronstad |

Facing trials in Missouri and Los Angeles, Johnson & Johnson has called on lawyers from Sidley Austin and Dechert to fight claims that prolonged use of its baby powder caused women to get ovarian cancer.

Anastasia Tonello, of Laura Devine Solicitors.

Top Immigration Lawyer Conference Pulling Out of Texas

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Texas' new "sanctuary city" law prompts the American Immigration Lawyers Association to move 2018 convention out of Texas.

Christopher Wray, King & Spalding.

Trump Tweets: King & Spalding Lawyer to Head FBI

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker and Katelyn Polantz |

President Donald Trump tweeted his choice for the new FBI director Wednesday morning – former prosecutor Christopher Wray, now with Atlanta's King & Spalding.

'Mansfield Rule' Eyes a Big Law Diversity Breakthrough

By Meghan Tribe |

After Arabella Mansfield took and passed the Iowa bar exam in 1869, she challenged the state law excluding her, in the process becoming the first female lawyer in the U.S. Nearly 150 years later, Mansfield is lending her name to a new rule aimed at closing the gaps between women and minorities in leadership roles in Big Law.

Philip Abelson, left, and David Turetsky

White & Case Bankruptcy Group Grows on Junior Creditor, Brazil Work

By Christine Simmons |

White & Case is bulking up its restructuring practice, adding partners Philip Abelson from Proskauer Rose and David Turetsky from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, amid increasing work in cross-border restructuring and junior creditor representation.

King& Spalding Building, Atlanta Ga. Photo by John Disney/Daily Report.

King & Spalding Snags Ropes & Gray Finance Duo in London

By James Booth |

On the same day that King & Spalding partner Christopher Wray was nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as the next FBI director, the firm recruited a pair of Ropes & Gray finance partners for its London office.

Randy Vulakovich, left, and Melissa Croteau, right.

Buchanan Hires Ex-Nixon Peabody CBDO, Adds New Admin Chief

By Lizzy McLellan |

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is shuffling its administrative lineup, creating a new leadership position and bringing on a new chief business development officer.

Kellyanne Conway, center, accompanied by her husband, George, speaks with members of the media as they arrive for a dinner at Union Station in Washington, the day before Trump's inauguration, on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017.

Mr. Kellyanne Conway Is His Own Man

By Vivia Chen |

Not only did he refuse President Donald Trump's offer for a DOJ job, but two days later he criticized Trump on Twitter, essentially saying, "Glad I'm not part of that legal hellhole."

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright to Vote on Merger With Australia's Henry Davis York

By Rose Walker |

Norton Rose Fulbright has confirmed it is in late-stage merger talks with Australian firm Henry Davis York. The firms were first rumored to be holding discussions in November.

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

Don't Panic, Don't Lie: White-Collar Advice for Trump's Washington

By Katelyn Polantz |

How close do you need to be to the investigations roiling the capital right now before it's time to lawyer up?

Paul Clement of Kirkland & Ellis

Paul Clement, NRA File to Appear in Sandy Hook Litigation

By ROBERT STORACE |

The conservative-leaning Clement has been a go-to attorney for the NRA on gun issues.

Winston Returns to Fish & Richardson For More Hires

By Rebecca Cohen |

Two months after longtime Fish & Richardson litigator Kathi Vidal took off to lead Winston & Strawn's Silicon Valley office, patent litigation partner Michael Rueckheim has followed her to the firm, along with two associates.

Davis Polk Partner Killed By Train in Silicon Valley

By Rebecca Cohen |

Kirtee Kapoor, head of the India practice at Davis Polk & Wardwell and a partner at the firm in Menlo Park, California, died Monday morning after being struck by a train at a crossing in nearby Atherton.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney

ADA Says McIver Sought to Influence Fulton County Judge

By R. Robin McDonald |

A Fulton County assistant district attorney argued Tuesday that the former Fisher & Phillips law partner facing murder charges in the shooting death of his wife should not be released on bond because he was attempting to influence witnesses and prominent public officials—foremost among them a Fulton County judge.

The Appellate Division, First Department, at 27 Madison Ave.

Panel Denies Winston's Bid to Toss Malpractice Case

By Jason Grant |

The high-end woman's clothing retailer Leggiadro Ltd. has multiple avenues by which it can potentially recover for legal malpractice against Winston & Strawn, a Manhattan appeals court has ruled.

David Gitlin of Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld.

Greenberg Traurig Partner Jumps to Royer Cooper for Small-Firm Rate Flexibility

By Lizzy McLellan |

A Big Law veteran from Greenberg Traurig is joining Conshohocken-based Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld, hoping to capitalize on what he described as more flexible billing policies at the smaller firm.

King & Wood Mallesons Rethinks Global Vision as Firm Plays to Asia Strengths

By Rose Walker, Legal Week |

Sue Kench, the new global managing partner at King & Wood Mallesons, discusses why her firm's immediate future is focused on the Asia Pacific region—not the U.S.

(l-r) Steven Bradbury, Brian Benczkowski, Carlos Muñiz, and Robert Charrow.

Trump Announces Slate of Big Law Nominees for DOJ, Agency Posts

By Cogan Schneier |

The White House has tapped lawyers from Dechert, Kirkland & Ellis, McGuireWoods and Greenberg Traurig for executive branch roles.

David Fermino

Kasowitz's Firm, Now in Spotlight, Adds San Francisco Litigator

By Rebecca Cohen |

Sideman & Bancroft partner David Fermino has joined Kasowitz Benson Torres' white-collar defense and investigations practice in the Bay Area. The move comes two weeks after the New York-based firm's founding partner, Marc Kasowitz, was hired to lead President Donald Trump's personal legal team.

Don Andrews

Reed Smith Grows Finance Team on Both Coasts

By Rebecca Cohen |

The firm has brought on Venable's Don Andrews as a partner in New York and leader of its new global risk and compliance practice, while also recruiting Morrison & Foerster partners William Veatch and Catherine Hagerty in San Francisco.

Wachtell's home at the CBS Building in Manhattan.

Dealmaker Who Advised on Mega-Mergers Leaves Wachtell

By Brian Baxter |

While one current partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz made headlines Monday over his dismay at President Donald Trump, another lawyer who made partner at the firm nearly a decade ago has quietly left Wachtell's exclusive ranks.

Charles Tobin, with Ballard Spahr

Partner Pins Move to Ballard Spahr on Holland & Knight's Trump Stance

By Lizzy McLellan |

Presidential politics may have helped drive a top media partner at Holland & Knight to jump to Ballard Spahr.

Wachtell's Conway Takes Trump to Task Over Tweets

By Katelyn Polantz |

Soon after President Donald Trump appeared to undercut the legal defense of his own immigration orders on Monday, he earned a rare Tweet from none other than George Conway III of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

Tina Tchen.

Where's Michelle Obama's Former Chief of Staff? Glad You Asked.

By Erin Geiger Smith |

Tina Tchen, a former partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher Flom, talks about firms losing talented women, how hard it was keeping her nose out of White House litigation, and if she'd ever go back to billable-hour life.

Enhancing Lateral Partner Opportunities and Compensation

By Randi Lewis |

You are a partner in a law firm and you have decided to make a lateral move. You want it to be the right move to a better platform. Where do you start and how do you maximize the likelihood of a successful outcome? The more you are prepared to answer and ask questions, the greater the likelihood this next move will be an optimal one for you and the firm you are joining.

Deere & Co.'s headquarters in Moline, Illinois.

Deal Watch: Kirkland Scores on Deere, Idera Deals

By Brian Baxter |

Kirkland & Ellis, which has been busy this year on the transactional and bankruptcy fronts, has picked up M&A roles for one of the world’s largest farm equipment manufacturers and one of its many private equity clients.

Rue 21 Store

Kirkland Hits on '21' For Latest Bankruptcy Batch

By Brian Baxter |

The firm's high-powered bankruptcy practice has picked up two more notable Chapter 11 cases. Kirkland & Ellis is serving as lead counsel to teen fashion retailer Rue21 Inc. and 21st Century Oncology Inc., as well as energy industry manufacturer AFGlobal Corp., in their recent bankruptcy filings.

Law Firm Strategy Execs Wield Uneven Clout

By Lizzy McLellan |

Law firms love to tout their strategic "visions," but not many offer seats at the table for executives focused solely on strategy.

Mike Silva

Ex-NY Fed Lawyer to Head DLA Piper's Financial Services Group

By Meghan Tribe |

DLA Piper has hired Michael Silva, a former in-house lawyer at GE Capital Corp. and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, as a government affairs partner and chair of its financial services regulatory subgroup in New York.

Jonathan Blair, managing partner of Bond Dickinson, and Betty Temple, chair and CEO of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, now the co-leaders of Womble Bond Dickinson

Womble Deal With UK's Bond Dickinson Creates Mega-Middle-Market Firm

By Meredith Hobbs |

As it makes its international debut, Womble Bond Dickinson is billing itself as a "new breed of transatlantic law firm" that unites two middle-market shops with strong regional roots.

A large crowd rallies on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, led by top Democrat lawmakers, to denounce President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigration from 7 Muslim-majority countries, on January 30, 2017.

Who's Who: The Lawyers Defending Trump's Travel Ban

By Cogan Schneier |

Longtime government attorneys and Big Law litigators are among the familiar names leading the travel ban appeal.

The Real Reasons for Big Law's Mental Health Problem

By Steven J. Harper |

Law firms are following the unfortunate path that has become a dominant approach in the medical profession: treating symptoms rather than the disease.

Left to right: James Kwartnik, Jeffrey Mullen, Raymond Deluca and Bruce Ficken, Cozen O'Connor

Ex-Client Sues Cozen O'Connor Over Pepper Hamilton Departures

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cozen O’Connor is facing allegations that it failed to properly handle conflicts in a multimillion-dollar construction law arbitration after hiring a group of construction lawyers from Pepper Hamilton.

The Careerist: Don't Count on Millenials to Bring About Gender Equality

By Vivia Chen |

Women swear the rising generation will bridge the gender gap. I'm not sure this is the group I'd pin my hopes on.

Netflix headquarters.

Netflix Binge Buying Shifts Deal Work for Hollywood Lawyers

By Todd Cunningham |

Netflix's rise as a major buyer and distributor of content is changing the way films are financed in Hollywood, resulting in some high-dollar work for Tinseltown's deal lawyers—but less of it to go around.

giant rhodendron owned by a Texas lawyer.

Texas Lawyer's Giant Rhododendron Becomes Tourist Attraction

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Conroe lawyer Tom Trott said "Lady Cynthia" rhododendron bush on his property on Vancouver Island is the largest in North America.

Negative Ratings

This Startup Helps Clients Dish on Their Law Firms. Will the Firms Listen?

By Miriam Rozen |

Qualmet is banking on the idea that clients will pay to compare notes on working with different law firms, and that the law firms will pay to learn from those ratings. But firms may need a harder sell.

Murray Fogler, a partner with Fogler, Brar, Ford, O’Neil & Gray in Houston.

Seyfarth Shaw, Two Lawyers Settle Legal Malpractice Suit

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A Houston judge granted the plaintiff's agreed motion to dismiss with prejudice all claims against the defendants.

Panama City

Littler Names New Panama Leadership

By Brian Baxter |

The global labor and employment giant, which became a Swiss verein in 2013 after expanding into Central America, has hired partner Yeris Nielsen to helm its office in Panama City. Three partners at Littler Mendelson recently left its base in the city to join a leading Panamanian firm.

Ron Gidwitz.

Judge Rules Big Trump Supporter Owes Nixon Peabody $5.7M in Fees

By Roy Strom |

President Donald Trump's Illinois finance chairman and his family owe $5.7 million in unpaid legal fees to Nixon Peabody related to a 95-day trial in 2014, a Cook County Circuit Court judge ruled Wednesday.

Despite Jump to $180K for Big Law Associates, Median Salary Stalls

By Karen Sloan |

The median salary earned by first years this year was $135,000—the same number as 2015, according to new data from the National Association for Law Placement.

Douglas Stanford of K&L Gates.

Clients Balking at Attorney Fees? K&L Gates Has an Algorithm for It

By Samantha Joseph |

The law firm created a formula to respond to cost-conscious clients' requests for fee controls.

Womble Carlyle Takes UK Alliance to Next Level

By James Booth |

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice and British firm Bond Dickinson will join forces without combining their finances, adopting a model similar to what Eversheds and Sutherland Asbill & Brennan just formalized.

Jones Day Lawyers in Trump Administration Get Pass to Work With Former Colleagues

By Katelyn Polantz |

Ex-Jones Day lawyers in the Trump White House received a blanket waiver clearing them of ethical conflicts, according to new disclosures. At least 11 other individuals in the White House, plus nearly all employees on the president's executive staff, are now allowed to take up some matters they may have worked on in prior jobs.

Tony Nasharr

Polsinelli's Chicago Leader Steps Down After 11 Years of Nonstop Growth

By Roy Strom |

Tony Nasharr was a Big Law novice when his six-lawyer boutique was absorbed into Polsinelli in 2006. But he proved a quick study as Chicago managing partner, growing the firm's office into nearly 100 lawyers. As Nasharr prepares to step down, The American Lawyer caught up with him to discuss what he's learned in the Big Law trenches.

Stephen Patton

Ex-Litigator Returns to Kirkland After Stint as Chicago's Top Lawyer

By Meghan Tribe |

Kirkland & Ellis has brought back former senior litigation partner Stephen Patton as of counsel in Chicago, where since 2011 he has served in the $174,000-per-year role of corporation counsel for the Windy City.

Reed Smith Launches Space Practice With Dentons Lawyers

By Lizzy McLellan |

Reed Smith has brought on two lawyers from Dentons to lead a new practice area in aviation and aerospace finance and commercial space business, extending a string of recent lateral moves in aviation law.

Seven From LeClairRyan's Health Care Group Head to Lewis Brisbois

By Michael Booth |

Seven lawyers from LeClairRyan's Newark office focused on health care law and insurance defense have jumped to Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith.

Amid Marketing Overload, Law Firms Keep Content Coming

By Miriam Rozen |

If a lawyer posts a blog entry and no one reads it, does her law firm have an effective content marketing strategy?

Terry Ahearn

Lewis Roca Lands New Silicon Valley Leadership

By Rebecca Cohen |

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, which acquired a Southern California-based IP boutique last year, has recruited IP litigation partners Terry Ahearn and Stuart Bartow from McDermott Will & Emery and Paul Hastings, respectively, to serve as co-managing partners of its office in Menlo Park, California.

Winston & Strawn.

Conflict Delays Lateral Move to Winston & Strawn

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Scott Thomas has delayed a move to the Dallas office of Winston & Strawn because of a client conflict.

Miami Health Care Litigation Partner Leaves DLA Piper, Rejoins McDermott

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A former head of health care litigation practice at DLA Piper in Miami has jumped back to McDermott Will & Emery's Miami office.

Winston & Strawn, Gibson Dunn Among Top Billers for NFL Players

By Brian Baxter |

The National Football League Players Association's annual LM-2 filing shows that the labor union representing NFL players paid out sizeable sums within the past year to lawyers from Baker & Hostetler; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Winston & Strawn. Another legal battle with the league potentially looms on the horizon.

(L-R): Matt Price, Max Minzner, Dave DeBruin, Suedeen Kelly, Randy Mehrberg and Jeff Dennis

In Latest Launch, Jenner Powers into the Energy Business

By Meghan Tribe |

Jenner & Block, having just recruited Akin Gump's energy regulatory co-chair Suedeen Kelly, is building out a new practice group after adding two more lawyers with experience at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The move marks Jenner & Block's third new practice area in almost as many months.

Robert Hicks, left, and Lee Muench, right.

Paternity-Leave Stigma at Law Firms Lifting, Ever So Slowly

By Angela Morris |

Some dads say they're getting more support from their colleagues to take time off. They're also benefiting from an increasing base of other dads at their firms who have forged a path to make paternity leave more mainstream.

The Legal Profession's 'Last Mile Problem'

By Bill Henderson |

Clients are clamoring for legal solutions that are better, faster and less expensive. And in many corners of the profession, we already have the personnel, technology and know-how to make this happen. Missing, however, are business models that will reliably reward lawyers and their organizations for quantum leaps in legal productivity.

Clifford Chance offices in Washington, D.C. March 24, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Why UK Law Firms Are Still Caught Between Lockstep and a Hard Place

By Chris Johnson |

The elite U.K. firms have been tweaking their lockstep compensation models for years. But changing things too much may prove counterproductive.

Mobile phone Telecommunication Radio antenna Tower with sunset sky, silhouette

Deal Watch: Kirkland, Cleary, Paul Weiss Score on Chemical, Cable Mergers

By Meghan Tribe |

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Kirkland & Ellis and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison grabbed key roles on the $14 billion merger between chemical giants Huntsman Corp. and Clariant AG, as well as another $2.36 billion deal that will create the nation's sixth-largest Internet and cable operator.

Ralph Baxter, Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

Ex-Orrick CEO Reportedly Mulling Congressional Run

By Brian Baxter |

Four years after considering a potential U.S. Senate bid, former longtime Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe leader Ralph Baxter Jr. is pondering running on the Democratic ticket for a West Virginia seat in Congress, according to a newspaper report from his home state.

Nola Heller

Cahill Hires Unit Chief From SDNY

By Christine Simmons |

Nola Heller, chief of the violent and organized crime unit at the U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of New York, is leaving in June to become a partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Judge Tosses Racial Discrimination Suit Against Cleary

By Cogan Schneier |

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C., dismissed the suit, brought by former Cleary Gottlieb project attorney Lyle Silva.

Six Carlton Fields Real Estate Lawyers Jump to Duane Morris in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Six real estate lawyers have jumped to Duane Morris' rapidly growing Miami office following a down year at Carlton Fields, where real estate was one of the financial bright spots.

Virtual Law Firm Takes on the Careerist 

By Vivia Chen |

A few weeks ago I wrote that I doubted cloud-based operations are competing against Big Law for major rainmakers and clients. One virtual firm took issue with my views.

Matthew Parrott

Fried Frank Hires Katten's NY Real Estate Litigation Head

By Brian Baxter |

Matthew Parrott, head of the New York real estate and distressed debt litigation group at Katten Muchin Rosenman, has joined Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson as a partner in Manhattan. Fried Frank, riding high from a successful financial year in 2016, has been busy on the lateral recruitment front in 2017.

Federal Prosecutor, Ex-Foley & Mansfield Partner Found Dead on Beach

By Brian Baxter |

No cause of death has been determined for Beranton Whisenant Jr., a major crimes prosecutor with the U.S. attorney's office in Miami. The body of Whisenant, who left Foley & Mansfield for public service in January, was found this week on a beach in Hollywood, Florida.

Marc E. Kasowitz of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman.

A Hard-Hitting Litigator, Kasowitz Goes to Bat for Trump

By Scott Flaherty |

It looks like Marc Kasowitz will go down in history as President Donald Trump's lawyer. But while America is just getting to know him, the same can't be said for his fellow elite litigators, especially in New York.

Mark Adkins

One of Canada's Largest Firms Heads to New York

By Meghan Tribe |

McCarthy Tétrault has opened an office in New York after recruiting corporate partner Mark Adkins from Canadian rival Blake, Cassels & Graydon. Adkins will serve as his new firm's New York managing partner.

Behind the Numbers: A Podcast on What the Am Law 200 Results Really Mean

ALM Intelligence senior analyst Nicholas Bruch breaks down the Am Law 200 results.

Jenny Kim, vice president, law and policy group and associate general counsel, corporate legal group, at Intel Corp

Wanna Raise? Top Silicon Valley Counsel Give 8 Tips for Women Lawyers

By David Ruiz |

Top in-house lawyers at a Silicon Valley event focused on women and compensation in the legal industry shared this advice on how to get paid more.

Dentons to Launch in Peru, Cuts Some UK Lawyers

By Rose Walker |

Dentons is set to launch in Peru through a proposed combination with 20-lawyer local firm Gallo Barrios Pickmann. The move comes as the global legal giant slashed five lawyers from its office in Watford, England, one that Dentons picked up last year after absorbing the bulk of Matthew Arnold & Baldwin.

Josh Zive, Bracewell

In New Podcast, a Bracewell Lobbyist Reports from the Swamp

By Miriam Rozen |

"It's been a hell of a week," Josh Zive, a lobbyist and senior principal in the Washington, D.C., office of Bracewell, told his podcast audience last week.

Marc E. Kasowitz.

Trump Turns to Kasowitz, Rejecting DC Legal Vets

By David Bario |

In a characteristically unorthodox move, the president is reportedly poised to tap commercial litigator Marc Kasowitz to lead his personal legal team amid probes into his campaign's alleged contacts with Russia.

Major Financial Institutions Make Landmark Blockchain Investment

By Stephanie Forshee |

Bank of America, Wells Fargo and HSBC are among the more than 40 banks and financial firms that announced Tuesday they would invest in R3's distributed ledger, or blockchain, technology.

Front Row (l-r): partners Jennifer Schmidt and Stefani Shanberg; Back Row (l-r): of counsel Robin Brewer and associates Madeleine E. Greene, Michael Guo and Eugene Marder

MoFo Welcomes Six-Lawyer Wilson Sonsini IP Team

By Rebecca Cohen |

Morrison & Foerster has hired a six-lawyer IP litigation team in Silicon Valley from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati led by partners Stefani Schanberg and Jennifer Schmidt, of counsel Robin Brewer and three associates.

Jones Day Washington, D.C. offices.

Obama Cybersecurity Official Joins Jones Day

By Katelyn Polantz |

Samir Jain led a group within the White House National Security Council that responded to cyber threats and pursued anti-hacking initiatives.

Rudy Giuliani

Giuliani to Court: I Had No Role in Trump Travel Ban

By Andrew Denney |

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said in court papers filed Monday that he had no hand in crafting controversial executive orders from the Trump administration banning travel from Muslim-majority countries and that he has not served on a commission related to such orders.

Chase Simmons

Polsinelli Picks Real Estate Partner to Succeed Longtime Leader

By Meghan Tribe |

W. Russell Welsh, chairman and CEO of Polsinelli since 1998, is poised to cede the Kansas City, Missouri-based Am Law 100 firm's top leadership role to real estate head F. Chase Simmons.

(l-r) Steve Durham, Bob Wilson and Tim Warren, of Labaton Sucharow.

Labaton Sucharow Expands SEC Whistleblower Practice With Hire of Three Ex-SEC and DOJ Officials

By Scott Flaherty |

The firm will also open offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

White House counsel Donald McGahn, during the first day of the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. March 20, 2017.

Dear Don McGahn, Please Go.

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

I know you are a busy, hot-shot lawyer, but may I offer you some friendly advice?

Saul Ewing offices in Baltimore, MD.

Saul Ewing, Arnstein & Lehr in Merger Talks

By Lizzy McLellan and Roy Strom |

The deal would create a firm with about 400 lawyers in the Northeast, Midwest and Florida.

Latham & Watkins offices in Washington, D.C.

Senior Latham Lawyer Running for Controversial Right-Wing Party in UK Elections

By Chris Johnson |

A senior Latham & Watkins lawyer is running for Parliament as a member of a controversial right-wing political party in the U.K.'s upcoming general election on June 8.

Businessmen riding on a roller coaster

Managing Partners Frustrated by Slow Pace of Big Law Change, Survey Says

By Roy Strom |

Legal consultancy Altman Weil Inc.'s ninth annual Law Firms in Transition Survey shows that managing partners are increasingly frustrated from facing off against internal resistance to change.

How Much Do Clients Care About Law Firm Layoffs?

By Miriam Rozen |

"A smart firm would be reaching out to their clients and getting ahead of the story," said one former GC.

US Companies Are Biggest Spenders on Legal Services Globally

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

Companies in the U.S. spend 166 percent more on legal services per dollar of revenue compared to companies in other parts of the world, findings from U.K.-based market research company Acritas Research Ltd. show.

Natasha Innocenti

Legal Recruiter Hires Four to Boost Expansion Plans

By Rebecca Cohen |

Mlegal Consulting Inc., a legal search firm founded in San Francisco, has bolted on Innocenti Partners LLC, a solo shop created last year by former Major, Lindsey & Africa practice leader Natasha Innocenti, and picked up three more employees in the Bay Area.

Justin Theroux, Jennifer Aniston at the Premiere Of HBO's

Actor Accuses Attorney Neighbor of Harassment Campaign in Messy Co-Op Dispute

By Todd Cunningham |

Justin Theroux, the star of HBO's "The Leftovers" and son of a longtime Baker McKenzie lawyer, has accused his downstairs neighbor of waging a scorched-earth campaign to bully and intimidate him after Theroux began renovating the New York apartment where he sometimes lives with wife Jennifer Aniston.

Todd Jacobs

Two Years After Merger, Shook Hardy's Chicago Leader Exits

By Roy Strom |

Todd Jacobs, a former managing partner and member of the executive committee at Grippo & Elden, a Chicago-based complex commercial litigation boutique that merged with Shook, Hardy & Bacon in early 2015, is opening a Windy City office for Iowa-based Bradley & Riley.

Blast from the past: Ken Starr testifies at a House Judiciary Committee hearing regarding President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky in 1998.

As Russia Probes Mount, White-Collar Lawyers Hit Prime Time

By Katelyn Polantz |

It's a helluva time to be a government investigations lawyer in the nation's capital.

David Blass

Ex-SEC Associate GC Joins Simpson Thacher in DC

By Meghan Tribe |

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has hired David Blass, a former associate general counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission who spent nearly the past three years as general counsel for the Investment Company Institute, as an investment funds partner in Washington, D.C.

President Donald Trump being sworn in on January 20, 2017.

Trump Turmoil Tempers Law Firm Business Forecasts

By Christine Simmons |

Regardless of their political leanings, many law firm leaders were cautiously optimistic after Donald Trump's election. They hoped he might boost business—and demand for legal services—with his agenda of tax reform, looser bank regulations and infrastructure investment. But with the fledgling administration already mired in investigations, the enthusiasm is waning amid some firm leaders.

Cozen O'Connor Adds IP Pros From Norton Rose

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cozen O'Connor has hired two patent litigators from Norton Rose Fulbright, adding to its Minneapolis office and its intellectual property practice.

'Speaking the Same Language': Leaders From Big Law Make the Case for Metric Sharing

By Ian Lopez |

Companies and their outside counsel are both collecting useful information that they're not sharing with one another. Should both parties be more transparent to achieve their goals?

With Wilson Sonsini Hire, Sullivan & Cromwell Heads to Brussels

By Anna Ward |

Sullivan & Cromwell has opened an office in the de facto capital of the European Union after adding Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati partner Michael Rosenthal.

The Power Look: Tank Tops, Tattoos and Flip-Flops

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Just how far can you push a summertime dress code before you jeopardize your professional credibility?

Richard Youle

Skadden Welcomes London M&A Partners From White & Case

By Rose Walker |

Skadden made rare hires to its London office with the addition of private equity heavyweights from White & Case.

Left to right: Peter Abreu CIO and Jonathan Cohen,  partner and general counsel Shutts & Bowen

Shutts & Bowen's Cybersecurity Plan Protected It From Ransomware Attack

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Shutts has put into place a comprehensive cybersecurity to allay client fears about the confidentiality of their records.

DLA Piper Grabs Bankruptcy Roles for IP, Industrial Clients

By Brian Baxter |

The global legal giant is advising St. Louis-based manufacturer Katy Industries Inc. on its Chapter 11 filing this week, as well as the California-based subsidiary of a German search optimization company in its bankruptcy case, one that has DLA Piper owed more than $1 million in fees.

As Clients Press for Discounts, Are Firms Too Quick to Show Their Cards?

By Miriam Rozen |

Are some law firms making a mistake by handing clients their billable hour data despite working for flat or fixed fees?

Suedeen Kelly, FERC commissioner. HANDOUT.

In Latest Lateral Raid, Jenner Bags Akin Gump Energy Leader

By Meghan Tribe |

The rapid recruitment effort embarked on by Jenner & Block this year continued Friday as the firm added Suedeen Kelly, co-chair of the energy regulatory, markets and enforcement practice at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, as a partner in Washington, D.C.

Inside the C-Suite: With Expanded Roles, COOs Gain Influence

By Lizzy McLellan |

The future of law firms may just lie in the hands of nonlawyers, as experienced chief operating officers gain stature at firms of all sizes.

Allen & Overy’s Washington, D.C. offices

Allen & Overy Sues Project Finance Client as Fee Suits Pile Up

By Christine Simmons |

Allen & Overy is suing a former client for $343,448 arising out of its work for the development and financing of a solar power facility in Panama.

JAMS' principal outside counsel, Long & Levit partners Joseph McMonigle and Jessica MacGregor

Jury Clears JAMS in Resume-Padding Trial

By Scott Graham |

The jury couldn’t decide if retired appeals judge Sheila Sonenshine made misrepresentations on her JAMS bio, but they decided that didn’t cause harm to venture capitalist Kevin Kinsella.

Drinker Biddle & Reath's offices in Washington, D.C.

Drinker's Retro Look; Jenner Raids the FCC; No Rest for Weary D.C. Lawyers

By Katelyn Polantz |

Washington Wrap is a weekly roundup of Big Law hires and other Washington, D.C., legal industry news.

Quinn Emanuel Adds Two More Shearman Partners in Brussels

By Anna Ward |

Shearman & Sterling antitrust partners Stephen Mavroghenis and Miguel Rato, courted last year by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, have joined the firm’s Brussels office. Both lawyers re-unite with former colleague Trevor Soames, who Quinn Emanuel hired in December.

For Staffing, the History of E-Discovery Mirrors the Present of Cybersecurity

By Jared Coseglia, TRU Staffing Partners, Cybersecurity Law & Strategy |

Examining the current similarities between e-discovery and cybersecurity can be a predictor of future patterns in the cybersecurity staffing market.

Perkins Coie Bags Sheppard Mullin's Bay Area Co-Leader

By Rebecca Cohen |

Meredith Jones-McKeown, co-managing partner of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton's San Francisco office and co-chair of the firm’s construction practice, has joined Perkins Coie’s commercial litigation and construction practices as a partner. Both firms have been active in the lateral market so far this year.

Reception area of the new Shutts & Bowen office at 200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami.

Shutts & Bowen, Partner Settle Antitrust Lawsuit

By Samantha Joseph |

Florida-based Am Law 200 firm Shutts & Bowen and Miami partner Kevin Cowan settled an antitrust lawsuit in a case that also raised allegations of wrongdoing against Hinshaw & Culbertson Coral Gables partner Steven Carlyle Cronig.

Nathan Wilda

Lateral Door Spins for New Honigman, Morgan Lewis Hires

By Meghan Tribe |

The market for large firm lateral partners moves quickly these days. For three new hires announced this week by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, it was yet another business card change in an effort to find the right fit.

David Sanford.

Can Litigation Solve Big Law's Gender Equity Problem?

By Scott Flaherty |

Big Law has a major gender equality problem, according to David Sanford, the chairman of Sanford Heisler Sharp, who is the lead lawyer in a trio of high-profile gender discrimination cases brought by female partners at Am Law 200 firms.

Robert Cornish

BBQ-Loving, EB-5 Lawyer Heads to Wilson Elser

By Meghan Tribe |

Wilson Elsker Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker has welcomed alternative investments and EB-5 expert Robert Cornish Jr. as of counsel in Washington, D.C. The Big Law lateral brings some serious barbecue bonafides to his new firm.

Robert S. Mueller III, then acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of California

Mueller’s ‘Unflinching Gaze’: Colleagues, Adversaries Share Northern District Stories

By Ben Hancock |

Robert Mueller III has deep roots in Northern California, where he served as U.S. attorney. We asked lawyers who worked alongside him—or faced off against him—to share their experiences.

Kevin Burnett, left, and Steve Boender, right.

Courting Startups, Stoel Rives Adds Big Law Vets to Corporate Group

By Lizzy McLellan |

Stoel Rives is continuing to beef up its corporate group with practice veterans from larger rivals, including two former K&L Gates partners.

Thompson Hine Aims for Gov't Contracting 'Coup' With Cooley Hires

By Katelyn Polantz |

Thompson Hine has set up a government contracts practice in Washington, D.C., after luring three lawyers from Cooley, including one who was a partner at his former firm.

Robert Mueller

Mueller Leaves Wilmer, Steps In to Head Russia Probe

By Cogan Schneier and Katelyn Polantz |

Robert Mueller III, a former FBI director who joined Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in 2014, is leaving his perch in private practice and stepping back into law enforcement. Mueller will take on the weighty and politically precarious role of special counsel investigating Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Michael Hausfeld, left, and Daniel Brockett, right.

Spat Erupts Between Quinn Emanuel and Plaintiffs Firms Over Foreign Exchange Manipulation Litigation

By Scott Flaherty |

A pair of recent filings in U.S. litigation over alleged foreign exchange rate manipulation has revealed a dispute that pits Quinn Emanuel against Hausfeld and Scott + Scott. The dispute, which revolves around foreign exchange rate antitrust litigation, takes on added import because all three firms are eyeing key roles in similar litigation overseas.

Evan Krinick

Merger Creates 180-Lawyer Regional Health Care, Insurance Shop

By Meghan Tribe |

Long Island's Rivkin Radler has agreed to acquire Iseman, Cunningham, Riester & Hyde, a 16-lawyer shop with two New York offices in Albany and Poughkeepsie.

Kenneth Florin

Loeb & Loeb Elects NY Media and Tech Partner as Next Leader

By Christine Simmons |

Loeb & Loeb, riding a wave of rising revenue and profits, has elected media and tech partner Kenneth Florin in New York as its next chairman, ending the 14-year leadership tenure of Michael Beck.

Alice Fisher, of Latham & Watkins, during the NLJ Regulatory Summit in Washington, D.C. December 2014.

Latham's Fisher Withdraws From FBI Director Race Amid New Contenders

By Katelyn Polantz |

Former politicians Joe Lieberman and Frank Keating will interview for the job.

Ex-Prosecutors at Big Firms Weigh Costs of Speaking Out on Trump

By Miriam Rozen |

Did the president expose himself to obstruction of justice charges in the unfolding scandal involving James Comey? If anyone has an opinion on that burning question, it's the country's pool of former federal prosecutors. But not all of them are willing to share it.

Top L-R Matthew Clyde, Lynn Brehm, John Wilson.Bottom L-R William Moorhead, Gabrielle Lee, Brian Casal

Cozen O'Connor Adds Six More Buchanan Lawyers

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cozen O'Connor is continuing a slow-motion raid on Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, with the addition of six more lawyers announced Wednesday.

Sin City Gets a New Law Firm With a Familiar Face

By Roy Strom |

John Mowbray, a well-connected, second-generation Nevada lawyer, is opening an office in Las Vegas for a Midwestern firm on a growth kick. A longtime lawyer to Liberace, Mowbray is also responsible for state bar rules that once barred out-of-state firm from setting up shop in Nevada.

IBM Says New Watson Tool Could Dramatically Reduce Outside Counsel Spend

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

A new tool from IBM, called "Outside Counsel Insights," uses the power of Watson to reveal billing insights to legal departments.

Richard Hsu, Shearman & Sterling partner

Shearman Partner Ditches Practice Leadership for Legal Recruiting

By Rebecca Cohen |

Richard Hsu, global head of IP transactions at Shearman & Sterling and co-chair of the firm's privacy and data protection team, has joined Major, Lindsey & Africa as a managing director in San Francisco. The Silicon Valley-based lawyer is also a popular podcaster.

Mother, newborn, child.

Reed Smith Tries Low-Cost Parenting Perks to Retain Women

By Lizzy McLellan |

Reed Smith is the latest firm in Big Law to make some relatively inexpensive accommodations for new mothers in an attempt to relieve—and retain—lawyer moms.

Willkie Partner, Other Lawyers Land SEC Appointments

By Katelyn Polantz |

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has staffed up with five Big Law alumni, including a rainmaker at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York.

Weil's Fee Gutting in Iowa Leads to 'Bargain-Basement' Billing Concerns

By B. Colby Hamilton |

There's a certain schadenfreude in seeing a global law firm with more than $1 billion in annual revenue taken down a peg by a judge in Des Moines. But the episode also raises concerns for lawyers who say it demonstrates a risk high-priced coastal law firms face when they go to court in smaller markets and could make Big Law practitioners wary of practicing in smaller cities.

Seyfarth Shaw offices in Washington, D.C. September 15, 2016. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

Mass Layoffs at Seyfarth Shaw Hit Lawyers, Staff

By Roy Strom |

Seyfarth Shaw is letting go at least 40 lawyers and several staff members, according to a Tuesday report confirmed by The American Lawyer.

Napping Pods: One Firm's Solution for Tired Lawyers

By Leigh Jones |

White & Case has installed two "energy pods" at its office in Washington, D.C.

Seattle University School of Law student Tarra Simmons

Despite Setback, Skadden Fellow Still Hopes to Practice Law

By Rebecca Cohen |

Convicted felon Tarra Simmons, who was recently awarded a fellowship from a nonprofit foundation affiliated with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, saw her quest to practice law recently hit a hurdle when the Washington State Bar Association’s character and fitness board recommended against admitting her to the bar.

Morgan Lewis Takes the Heat, but Who Gets the Last Laugh?

By Lizzy McLellan |

All publicity is good publicity, right? For the right kind of celebrity, maybe. For a law firm? Not so much.

SNL's Weekend Update

Are Trump's Endorsements Helping Morgan Lewis?

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Time for another roundup of news and gossip. And yes, they all center around our president (so let me apologize in advance).

Miriam Frank

Big Legal Recruiter Offers Talent Management Expertise

By Meghan Tribe |

Major, Lindsey & Africa, the world's largest legal recruiting firm, has started a legal talent management consulting offering for its in-house and law firm clients.

Members of the New York State Court of Appeals on April 25, 2017. Justice Michael Garcia... The Court of Appeals, normally based in Albany, NY, heard arguments for three days in the Courthouse in White Plains....(David Handschuh/NYLJ)

Garcia, Finalist for FBI Director, Wins Praise as Jurist, Trailblazer

By Rebecca Baker and Jeff Storey |

Court of Appeals Judge Michael Garcia, a former federal prosecutor who spent years in private practice at large firms, was among several candidates interviewed over the weekend by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to replace James Comey, whom President Donald Trump fired on May 9.

Will Ransomware Attack Make Law Firms ‘WannaCry’?

By Roy Strom |

Amid a massive, worldwide ransomware attack, a leading firm in Rhode Island has sued its insurer over a similar cyber assault that it claims cost it $700,000 in lost billings. Providence-based Moses Afonso Ryan is representing itself in a suit filed last week against Sentinel Insurance Co.

DLA Piper Expands Africa Network With Nigeria Alliance

By James Booth |

Having recently closed three small offices, global legal giant DLA Piper is widening its network in Africa by inking an alliance deal with Lagos, Nigeria-based Olajide Oyewole, which was founded in 1965 and focuses on corporate and commercial law. The Nigerian firm has eight partners.

Jenner & Block's Washington, D.C. offices.

Jenner Grows Investigations Group, Ditches ‘White-Collar’ Label

By Roy Strom |

The Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm has hired two federal prosecutors in as many months as the firm drops the "white-collar defense" tag for its well-known investigations practice. The most recent is Brandon Fox, chief of the public corruption and civil rights section at the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles.

Andrew Richards

Garvey Schubert Barer Goes Fishing in the Lateral Market

By Rebecca Cohen |

The firm has hired Andrew Richards, a fishery industry veteran and former deckhand on commercial salmon trollers. Richards recently shuttered his own Seattle-based shop, Sullivan & Richards, which represented a wide variety of clients in the commercial fishing space.

Quinn Emanuel Recruits Top Kirkland IP Litigator

By Rebecca Cohen |

Steven Cherny, a well-regarded intellectual property litigator who has spent nearly the past decade at Kirkland & Ellis, has joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan as a partner in New York.

Alice Fisher, of Latham & Watkins, during the NLJ Regulatory Summit in Washington, D.C. December 2014.

Alice Fisher of Latham Considered for FBI Director—But Who Is She?

By Katelyn Polantz |

Washington corporate defense lawyer Alice Fisher interviewed on Saturday to be the next FBI Director, after the agency was shocked by the firing of James Comey last week. Fisher's among the reported top contenders. The National Law Journal has done comprehensive coverage of Fisher, the former Bush-era Criminal Division chief-turned law firm leader, over the years, since she's been a major name in public service at the U.S. Justice Department and private practice at Latham & Watkins. Here are some highlights of Fisher's career.

Partner Hits Proskauer with $50 Million Gender Bias Suit

By Scott Flaherty |

An unnamed Proskauer partner in Washington, D.C., alleges she is a victim of gender discrimination and accused a prominent partner in the office of harassment.

Inside the C-Suite: Rise of the Homegrown Law Firm CMO?

By Lizzy McLellan |

If firms want their top marketers to stick around, should they look to the talent they already have?

Walter

Buyer Beware: Former Foley & Lardner Partner Arrest Reveals Lateral Hiring Risks

By Scott Flaherty |

Did that firm, or the federal government, have a duty to warn Bradley about an investigation?

A Big Bank Goes Bust, and Big Law Gets Left With The Bill

By Brian Baxter |

In the largest U.S. bank failure since 2010, New Orleans-based First NBC Bank Holding Co. filed for Chapter 11 protection in its home city Thursday. The bank, which went public in 2013, saw two top Am Law 100 firms listed among its 20 largest unsecured creditors.

The Big Picture Revealed by the Am Law 100 Results

By Jack Bostelman, David Barnard and Mark Shapiro |

Contributors from law firm consultancy Blaqwell Inc. discuss what the post-recession Am Law 100 results mean for the future of Big Law.

Larry Popofsky

Orrick Antitrust Pioneer, Ex-Heller Ehrman Leader, Dies at 81

By Rebecca Cohen |

Larry Popofsky, a former head of Heller Ehrman who argued a 1977 U.S. Supreme Court case that shifted the course of antitrust law, died on May 9. Popofsky, senior counsel at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in San Francisco, leaves behind an antitrust legacy that includes his son, Mark Popofsky, chair of Ropes & Gray’s antitrust group.

Law Grad Employment Rate Rose, As 2016 Class Shrank

By Karen Sloan |

According to new jobs data released Thursday by the American Bar Association, 78.6 percent of 2016 law graduates had secured jobs that either require a law degree or for which a law degree is an advantage within 10 months of leaving campus. That’s up more than 2 percent from the previous year.

Burford Capital New York Office.

All Signs Point to Gerchen Keller as Funder in Failed Patent Case Against Intel

By Ben Hancock |

With a little sleuthing, it's not hard to see Gerchen Keller's fingerprints on trial that pit Irell & Manella and Boies Schiller lawyers against a team from Wilmer.

Kristina Maynard

After Family-Driven Hiatus, A Partner Returns to Honigman

By Meghan Tribe |

Monday marked Kristina Maynard's first day back at the office in six years. Her children—ages 9, 12 and 13—wanted to commemorate the moment as she had done for them every first day of school. The American Lawyer caught up with Maynard to discuss her decision to come back to Big Law.

To All the Single Ladies

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Women, even ones in the most selective professional programs, prioritize marriage over career, and will downplay their ambitions to achieve that goal.

Walter C. Little

Ex-Foley & Lardner Partner Charged With Insider Trading After Move to Bradley Arant

By Brian Baxter |

Walter "Chet" Little, who left Foley & Lardner last summer to join the Tampa office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, has been hit with criminal insider trading charges by federal prosecutors in New York. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has also filed a parallel civil case against Little and a co-defendant.

James Comey.

James Comey May Find Soft Landing in Big Law

By Katelyn Polantz |

As a prospective law firm hire, Comey combines a prestigious resume with unusual political baggage.

O'Malley Miller

Ex-Munger Tolles Real Estate Head Returns to Allen Matkins

By Rebecca Cohen |

O’Malley Miller, a senior partner and former head of real estate at Munger, Tolles & Olson, has joined the real estate development group of Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis, as a partner in Los Angeles. The move is a reunion for Miller, who previously worked at Allen Matkins two decades ago.

Greenberg Traurig

Greenberg Traurig Accused of Trying to Invalidate the Same Patents It Prosecuted

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A former client has sued Greenberg Traurig alleging the firm switched sides and used its knowledge of privileged intellectual property information from previous patent work to attempt to invalidate a patent for a new client's benefit.

Jones Day's Munich office

Munich Court Nixes Jones Day Complaint Over VW Search

By Brian Baxter |

Nearly two months after German law enforcement authorities raided Jones Day's Munich office as part of an investigation into Volkswagen AG, a local court has tossed a complaint by the firm about government efforts to obtain materials on its embattled client.

Citi: Biggest Firms Fared Best in First Quarter

By David Altuna and Gretta Rusanow |

Am Law 50 firms showed the biggest gains in revenue but were hit hardest by pay hikes.

Ex-King & Spalding Associate Sues for Firing Over Airing Ethics Concern

By Andrew Denney |

A former King & Spalding associate who said he was fired for raising ethical concerns about the conduct of two of the firm's partners has sued the firm for wrongful termination.

Marc Simon

Ex-Dreier Documentarian Joins Fox Rothschild as a Partner

By Meghan Tribe |

Fox Rothschild has hired entertainment lawyer Marc Simon from New York’s Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard. Simon once produced a documentary called "Unraveled" about Marc Dreier, the disgraced litigator currently serving a 20-year federal prison sentence for fraud.

Two Kasowitz Litigators Join McKool Smith in NY

By Scott Flaherty |

The hire of Christopher Johnson and Zachary Mazin continues McKool Smith's expansion in New York, currently its largest office, and will bolster McKool Smith's financial litigation group, the firm said.

SDNY Short-Lister, Morgan Lewis Partner Helps Guide Showtime's 'Billions'

By Miriam Rozen |

For those who appreciate verisimilitude in their cable TV dramas, a highlight of this week's "Billions" season finale on Showtime came when a young prosecutor told her boss, a fictional U.S. attorney, that she was leaving for a real-life law firm. The show smartly name-dropped Sullivan & Cromwell—the place to be for upwardly mobile securities fraud experts looking to trade a government paycheck for something much, much more lucrative.

William Baer

DOJ Antitrust Chief Baer Returns to Arnold & Porter

By Katelyn Polantz |

Top Justice Department antitrust lawyer Bill Baer is returning to Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, where he led the antitrust practice for several years, the firm said Wednesday.

Call for Nominations: The American Lawyer’s Lifetime Achievers and Law Firm Distinguished Leaders

The American Lawyer is seeking nominations for our annual feature of Lifetime Achievers and Law Firm Distinguished Leaders. Please send your nominations in a short essay (no more than 300 words) in an attached Word document to EditorialAwards@alm.com by June 16.

3 Tips to Consider When First Implementing Knowledge Management

By Rhys Dipshan |

Seasoned KM experts say the biggest mistakes for new KM projects are to expect too much — and not keep it simple.

Kirkland Raids Freshfields for London Restructuring Partner

By Rose Walker |

Sean Lacey, co-leader of the alternative capital group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London, has become the latest partner to leave the lockstep Magic Circle firm for potential riches at Kirkland & Ellis.

Another Big British Firm Inks a Combination in the Americas

By Alex Berry |

London-based legal giant Clyde & Co announced Wednesday its merger with Mexico's Garza Tello & Asociados, a 23-lawyer firm specializing in energy, insurance and maritime work.

King & Wood Mallesons Names New Leader After Collapse of European Arm

By Anna Ward |

King & Wood Mallesons has appointed Sue Kench, chief executive partner of its Australian arm, as its new global managing partner. Kench succeeds Stuart Fuller, who relinquished the role at the height of problems with the firm's embattled European affiliate late last year.

Dentons Continues Push in Latin America, Forming Alliance with Firm in Brazil

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The global legal giant, having recently announced agreements with firms in Costa Rica, Hawaii and the Netherlands, now plans to form an alliance with the Brazilian firm Vella Pugliese Buosi Guidoni in São Paulo.

James Comey

What's Next For Ex-FBI Director James Comey?

By Cogan Schneier |

Citing his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server, President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired FBI Director James Comey. His actions may weigh heavy on his future employment prospects, as big law firms may be wary of questions that would accompany his hiring. Still, as a prominent attorney with high-level experience in government and business, he may find a home at a law firm, as some other former FBI directors have.

Littler Mandelson.

Littler Continues European Push With UK Merger

By Chris Johnson |

The labor and employment specialist, which struck a deal with U.K. boutique GQ Employment Law, has now launched in 14 new markets since October 2013.

Washington, D.C. offices of Morgan Lewis. June 10, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Morgan Lewis Files Become Flash Point in HP-Autonomy Fraud Case

By Ross Todd |

If defense lawyers get their way, records from the firm's investigation of Hewlett-Packard's botched deal with a British software firm could become evidence.

Joel Sanders, former CFO of Dewey & LeBoeuf, speaks to an unidentified woman outside the courtroom after he was found guilty Monday.

Post-Gaming the Dewey Trial: A Win for Cyrus Vance?

By Scott Flaherty |

Looking back on the twisting path that led to Tuesday's verdict, some white-collar lawyers said the New York County District Attorney's Office played it much smarter in the case's second act, DA's office played it much smarter in the case's second act, while others continued to question the prosecutors' approach.

Tom Shropshire of Linklaters.

Linklaters Taps London Partner to Lead US Operations

By James Booth |

Word of the new U.S. operations head comes two years into a four-year term for his predecessor.

Leading Withers Tax Partner Joins Blank Rome in New York

By Lizzy McLellan |

Blank Rome has brought on two lawyers from Withers Bergman to its tax, benefits and private client group in New York, including the former leader of Withers' U.S. tax investigations practice.

Allen & Overy Drops Performance Reviews, and Everyone Cheers (Especially Women)

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Anyone who says that performance reviews are useful is full of it.

William Hinman, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett partner

Ex-Simpson Thacher Partner to Head SEC Division

By Ross Todd |

William Hinman, who recently retired as a partner in Simpson Thacher & Bartlett's Silicon Valley office, has been named the head of the agency's Division of Corporation Finance.

For Junior Associates, Going In-House Is Risky

By Keith Fall and Taylor Miller |

While such a move might tempt young lawyers, it could close as many career doors as it opens.

Andrew Luger

Axed By Trump, Ex-US Attorney Joins President's Law Firm

By Meghan Tribe |

Jones Day has hired Andrew Luger, until recently the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, as a partner for its new office in Minneapolis. Jones Day opened in the Twin Cities last year.

Ex-DOJ Lawyer Returns to Irell as Global Investigations Head

By Rebecca Cohen |

Irell & Manella has brought back former associate Jason Linder, most recently a senior trial attorney with the criminal division of the Justice Department’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit in Washington, D.C., as a partner and head of its global investigations and anticorruption practice.

Stephen DiCarmine leaving Manhattan Criminal Court with his attorney, Rita Glavin of Seward & Kissel, after he was found not guilty on Monday.

Jury Finds Dewey & LeBoeuf CFO Sanders Guilty; DiCarmine Cleared

By Scott Flaherty |

A New York jury on Monday delivered a mixed verdict in the criminal case against two former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives, finding former CFO Joel Sanders guilty of scheme to defraud, securities fraud and conspiracy, while clearing former executive director Stephen DiCarmine on the same charges.

Eric Holder, Covington & Burling

California Extends Anti-Trump Contract With Covington

By Cheryl Miller |

California’s Legislature has extended by four weeks its contract with Covington & Burling for guidance on challenging Trump administration policies. A spokesman for Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Paramount, confirmed on Monday that the $25,000-a-month contract, initially signed in January, will now run through the end of May.

Reed Smith Snags Chadbourne's Moscow Managing Partner

By Rose Walker |

Andrei Baev, the head of Chadbourne & Parke's Moscow office, has left the firm ahead of its proposed combination with Norton Rose Fulbright to join Reed Smith.

When Organizations Fall Short on Cybersecurity, Do Law Firms Pick Up the Slack?

By Ian Lopez |

BakerHostetler’s cybersecurity report highlights the nature of company cybersecurity while illustrating the law firm’s changing role in the tech age.

We’re Ladies, We Lunch and We Like It

By Vivia Chen |

At the Central Park Women's Committee hat luncheon last week, the women at my table (lawyers and business executives) want you to know that they deserve respect.

Adam Levitt, DiCello Levitt & Casey

Class Action, Trial Pros Form New National Plaintiffs Firm

By Scott Flaherty |

Former Grant & Eisenhofer director Adam Levitt joins with Mark DeCello and James Casey, formerly of DiCello Law Firm, forming DiCello Levitt & Casey.

Cozen O'Connor Snags More Buchanan Defectors, Building Employment Group

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cozen O'Connor is keeping up its raid on Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, with the departures cutting deeply into Buchanan Ingersoll's labor and employment group.

San Francisco fitness trainer Jonathan Jordan

When Firm Life Makes Them Flabby, Lawyers Call This Trainer

By Leigh Jones |

Personal trainer Jonathan Jordan's clients include attorneys from Big Law offices, who come to him with loose glutes, collapsed cores and hunched shoulders from sitting for long periods.

Richard Roper.

As Obama's US Attorneys Find Homes, Advice from a Veteran

By Miriam Rozen |

Wondering how all those federal prosecutors entering private practice are coping with the transition to private practice? Ask Thompson & Knight's Richard Roper.

Drone Law Practices Taking Off — Again

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Work at drone law practices is shifting as drone-related startups have come of age.

Adit Khorana

Cooley Welcomes Wilmer's West Coast Tech Transactions Leader

By Rebecca Cohen |

Adit Khorana, who joined Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in 2010, is leaving the firm’s Silicon Valley office to join Cooley.

Orrick Lands Lowenstein Partner to Head New York Tech Group

By Rebecca Cohen |

Peter Fusco, a partner at Lowenstein Sandler and co-chair of the firm’s Brooklyn Entrepreneurship Center, is poised to join Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe as a leader of its technology companies practice in New York. Orrick is the latest Am Law 100 firm to ramp up its tech industry expertise in the city.

Brian Benczkowski.

Kirkland White-Collar Partner Floated for DOJ Criminal Division

By Cogan Schneier |

If confirmed, Kirkland & Ellis' Brian Benczkowski will lead a DOJ division he spent the last few years defending companies from.

Spotlights

Lit Funders Get a Little Sunshine—Whether They Want It or Not

By Ben Hancock |

Publicizing a litigation funding deal is one way for a small company—or a small law firm—to signal that it's ready to fight. Still, the industry is a long way from full transparency.

Big Law Partner Makes Lateral Move for a Lifestyle

By Brian Baxter |

"You get to a point where you start to appreciate another side to life," said Jeffrey Pagano, until recently a partner at Crowell & Moring. "I'd always considered myself a 2,500- to 3,000-hour [a year] type guy. I wanted to continue on—but at what price?"

people, profession, qualification, employment and success concept

Jobs Report Shows Slight Improvement for Legal Employment in April

By Scott Flaherty |

The U.S. legal industry gained 1,100 jobs in April.

Ralph Sutton, former CIO of Bentham IMF.

Bentham Replaces US Chief After Sutton Departs

By Ben Hancock |

CIO Ralph Sutton, who has led the company's U.S. operations since 2011, said in an interview Friday that he plans to start a new litigation finance venture. "It is with mixed feelings that I leave that team," he said.

Litigator Trains for Ironman Six Days a Week to Beat His Own Time

By Carla Vianna |

Heath Eskalyo goes by many titles: Lawyer, husband, father and Ironman.

Mark Lanier.

Elite Plaintiffs Lawyer Accused of Concealing Payments to Expert Witnesses

By Amanda Bronstad |

Hoping to reverse a $502 million loss, lawyers for Johnson & Johnson are attacking Houston attorney W. Mark Lanier. But he says the campaign "fails to tell the whole story."

Redwood Shores, California

Covington Hires Reed Smith's Former Silicon Valley Leader

By Rebecca Cohen |

Catharina Min, vice chair of Reed Smith's business and finance department and a former managing partner of the firm’s office in Palo Alto, California, has joined Covington & Burling as a technology M&A partner in nearby Redwood Shores.

Christopher Carroll of Carroll McNulty Kull, left, and Nick Thomas of Kennedys.

Insurance Firms CMK, Kennedys Ink Transatlantic Merger

By Lizzy McLellan |

New Jersey-based Carroll, McNulty & Kull is merging with international insurance law firm Kennedys, leaders of both firms announced Thursday. The combination will form a nearly 1,000-lawyer firm that specializes in advising the insurance industry.

David Leichtman, New York.

Former Robins Kaplan Partner Forms Business Litigation and IP Boutique in NY

By Scott Flaherty |

Leichtman Law will also employ five other commercial and IP litigators.

Dechert Beefs Up NY Corporate Practice With Linklaters, Paul Weiss Hires

By Lizzy McLellan |

Partners Jeff Norton and Gareth Clark join the firm from Linklaters and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, respectively.

Skadden Snags Stroock Entertainment Lawyer in Los Angeles

By Rebecca Cohen |

Neil Sacker, a former in-house lawyer at Miramax Films and Warner Brothers Studios who joined Stroock & Stroock & Lavan's Los Angeles office last year, has decamped for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Charles Nebel, COO of Central Pa.-based McNees Wallace & Nurick.

McNees Hires New COO From Orrick's Back Office

By Lizzy McLellan |

McNees Wallace & Nurick has brought on a Big Law veteran to serve as the Pennsylvania firm's new chief operating officer.

San Juan Puerto Rico

Proskauer Among Many Firms Drawn to Puerto Rico's Pseudo-Bankruptcy

By Brian Baxter |

In a move that could dwarf the massive municipal bankruptcy of Detroit, Puerto Rico indicated Wednesday that it would begin a bankruptcy-type process to restructure $70 billion in debt. Proskauer Rose, Quinn Emanuel, Kirkland & Ellis, Dentons and Cleary Gottlieb have been involved in the island's mounting debt crisis in recent years.

Patrick Fitzgerald of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. HANDOUT.

Skadden's Fitzgerald Talks About First Fed Recruit Since Leaving DOJ

By Roy Strom |

Five years after leaving the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago, Patrick Fitzgerald has recruited his first former assistant. What took so long?

U.S. Department of Justice

Dechert Partnership Worth $1.8M for DOJ 'President's Law Firm' Nominee

By Cogan Schneier |

That's according to an ethics disclosure form Steven Engel filed in March, which, along with an ethics pledge, outlines Engel's possible conflicts of interest if confirmed as assistant attorney general at the Office of Legal Counsel.

Nelson Mullins' Robert Crowe.

Nelson Mullins Partner Settles With SEC in Pay-to-Play Suit

By Scott Flaherty |

Partner Robert Crowe agreed to pay a little less then $95,000 to resolve allegations that he played a role in a political corruption scheme aimed at helping State Street Bank and Trust Co. secure public pension contracts in Ohio.

David Sergenian, left, and John Pierce, right, of Pierce Sergenian.

New Boutique Touts Litigation Finance Deal to Fund Big Law Battles

By Roy Strom |

In what may be the first public announcement of a litigation funder investing in a law firm’s portfolio of contingent fee cases, Los Angeles-based litigation upstart Pierce Sergenian has unveiled a tie-up with Arizona’s Pravati Capital.

Gibson Dunn Grabs Third Latham Partner in Frankfurt

By Rose Walker |

Finn Zeidler, a dispute resolution and white-collar defense expert at Latham & Watkins in Frankfurt, has left the firm to join Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's new office in the German financial services center.

Jose Andres Monge Calderon, Fragomen’s associate general counsel for Latin America.

Two Fragomen Employees Accused of Stealing $500,000 from Law Firm 

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Investigation still underway.

U.S. Treasury Department in Washington.

Treasury GC Pick Brent McIntosh Discloses Big Law Income, Clients

By Mike Scarcella |

Brent McIntosh, the Sullivan & Cromwell partner nominated to be general counsel to the U.S. Treasury Department, reported earning nearly $2.9 million in income from the firm last year, according to his financial disclosure on file at the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.

(l-r) Thomas Giotto, Eugene Giotto, and Jeremiah Garvey, of Cozen O’Connor’s new Pittsburgh office.

Cozen O'Connor Grabs Large Group From Buchanan, Opens in Pittsburgh

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cozen O'Connor is expanding into western Pennsylvania, opening an office in Pittsburgh with three partners from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.

Eric Cowan

A Dewey & LeBoeuf TV Drama a No-Go, Says Firm's Ex-Telecom Leader

By Brian Baxter |

Eric Cowan, a former managing partner of Squire Patton Boggs' New York office who has been a partner at several other large firms, including the now-defunct Thelen and Dewey & LeBoeuf, is headed to McGuireWoods to head the firm's global media and entertainment practice. He has some thoughts about his former firm's demise.

London, UK

Quinn Emanuel Adds Clifford Chance Tax Leader in London

By Alex Berry |

Liesl Fichardt, head of the tax investigations and disputes practice at Clifford Chance in London, is leaving the Magic Circle firm to join Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in the city.

Therese Doherty

Mintz Levin Lands Another Herrick Practice Leader

By Brian Baxter |

Therese Doherty, head of the securities, futures and derivatives litigation practice at Herrick, Feinstein in New York, is headed to Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo. The move to Mintz Levin, where Doherty will re-join a former senior Herrick colleague, comes a month after the firm ended merger talks with Crowell & Moring.

John Dedyo

Hunton & Williams Welcomes Weil Structured Finance Pro Dedyo

By Meghan Tribe |

John Dedyo, a longtime partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York, has joined Hunton & Williams as a partner in the firm's finance and securitization practice. Dedyo is the latest lateral recruit by Hunton & Williams so far this year.

Harvard Law School.

Q&A: Legal Industry Leaders Head Back to School

By Miriam Rozen |

The director of Harvard Law School's executive education programs says his curriculum has evolved right along with the problems facing law firm and law department managers.

Noel Francisco

Noel Francisco, Trump's SG Nominee, Reveals Divestiture Plan in Ethics Pledge

By Marcia Coyle |

Noel Francisco, still awaiting a hearing on his nomination as U.S. solicitor general, has promised to divest his interests in technology, financial and pharmaceutical companies—including Apple Inc., Vanguard Financials and Merck & Co.—if he wins Senate confirmation. In his financial disclosure form, the former Jones Day partner reported $4.6M in his partnership share plus earnings supplement.

What Law Firms Can Learn From the United Airlines Fiasco

By Carlos Arcos, Marketing the Law Firm |

Even if you follow the law and all the internal protocols your firm has in place, you may still find that clients and the public view your actions negatively. In situations where you believe you are in the right, the instinct is not to apologize. Here is how to correctly handle a high-profile PR crisis.

Norton Rose Fulbright to Launch in Luxembourg

By Rose Walker |

The global legal giant is poised to open an office in Luxembourg with a team of three partners from local law firms.

3 Ways Big Data Will Change the Lawyer's Role

By Ian Lopez |

Lawyers, technologists and advisers may find themselves expanding their roles as technology becomes more integrated with our lives.

Sydney, Australia

Herbert Smith Freehills Settles With Eight Australian Partners Who Quit to Join White & Case

By Rose Walker |

An Australian court has approved a settlement in a dispute between Herbert Smith Freehills and eight of its former partners who sought to leave the firm last year to launch an Australia practice for White & Case.

New Group Seeks to Unite Women-Owned Firms

By Lizzy McLellan |

A Philadelphia lawyer has organized a national organization to support women-owned law firms and the lawyers who lead them.

Steve Berman, left, of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, riding with Jamis Hagens Berman team riders during training last year in Tucson, AZ.

Hagens Berman Mourns Death of Pro Cyclist

By Brian Baxter |

Chad Young, a promising young member of the Axeon Hagens Berman professional cycling team, died Friday in Tucson, Arizona, after a crash in the Tour of the Gila. Young, 21, was the first American cyclist to die in an event in nearly two decades.

Seattle, Washington.

Fox Rothschild Enters Pacific Northwest After Acquiring Local Shop

By Meghan Tribe and Lizzy McLellan |

The Am Law 100 firm is poised to open an office in Seattle after absorbing 39-lawyer Riddell Williams.

Dewey & LeBoeuf's former offices in Manhattan.

Jury Begins Deliberations in Dewey & LeBoeuf Retrial

By Scott Flaherty |

A Manhattan jury on Monday began deliberations in the retrial of former Dewey CFO Joel Sanders and former executive director Stephen DiCarmine.

James Woolery.

King & Spalding Latest Big Firm to Welcome Woolery

By Meghan Tribe |

James Woolery, a former investment banker, hedge fund executive and M&A partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore who for a brief time worked at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, has joined King & Spalding in New York. While it's the fourth job for Woolery in six years, the Kentucky native claims he's finally found a long-term home.

Ian Gershengorn

In Boost for Jenner, Former Acting SG Gershengorn Returns to Head Appeals Practice

By Tony Mauro |

The announcement Monday buoys the firm's venerable Supreme Court practice.

Kenneth Nunnenkamp and Giovanna Cinelli of Morgan Lewis.

Morgan Lewis Hires Dentons Int’l Trade Duo in DC

By Katelyn Polantz |

Giovanna Cinelli and Kenneth Nunnenkamp join Morgan Lewis as partners, with Cinelli tapped to co-lead the firm’s international trade, national security and economic sanctions practice.

Say Cheese! Big-Law Partner's Instagram Feed Captures Life in the Tasty Lane

By Leigh Jones |

Robert Darwell's TheDailyServer is a tribute to waiters, waitresses and bartenders, and all multitaskers whom the Sheppard Mullin partner admires.

Kara Brockmeyer, chief of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, at Georgetown Law's Sixteenth Annual Corporate Counsel Institute on March 8, 2012.

SEC's FCPA Ace Kara Brockmeyer Joins Debevoise & Plimpton

By Sue Reisinger |

Kara Brockmeyer, former chief of the SEC Enforcement Division's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit, is joining Debevoise & Plimpton's Washington, D.C., office as a partner and member of the white-collar and regulatory defense and the strategic crisis response and solutions groups, the firm announced Monday.

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick sign

Another IP Boutique Opts for a Big Firm Merger

By Brian Baxter |

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, an Am Law 200 firm with roots in Florida and Ohio, is poised to absorb Toledo-based intellectual property firm Fraser Clemens Martin Miller.

Salman Bhojani, left, and Nick Nelson, right, of Bhojani and Nelson in Texas.

Big Law Defectors Make Bet on Muslim Clients

By John Council |

Salam Bhojani and Nick Nelson see opportunity in building bridges with Muslim and South Asian business owners.

Staton M. Childers, Adams and Reese, Houston, TX

Adams and Reese Picks Up Five Litigators in Houston

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A group, led by partner Staton Childers, joins Adams and Reese in Houston.

Virtu Financial CEO Douglas Cifu, left, and Executive Chairman Vincent Viola embrace during their company's IPO at the Nasdaq MarketSite, Thursday, April 16, 2015, in New York. The New York-based firm is one of the world's largest high-frequency trading companies. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Deal Watch: Virtu and Paul Weiss Seek HFT Supremacy

By Meghan Tribe |

High-speed electronic trader Virtu Financial Inc. turned to Paul Weiss to handle its $1.4 billion acquisition of rival KCG Holdings. The transaction has yielded roles for a half-dozen other Am Law 100 firms, including one firm firm trying to help retired New York Yankees star and ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush buy the Miami Marlins.

'He Knew' Says Dewey & LeBoeuf Prosecutor as Case Nears Close

By Scott Flaherty |

A prosecutor in the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal case spent his second day of closing arguments walking jurors through a series of allegedly improper accounting adjustments that he said the now-defunct firm's finance department made between 2008 and 2012.

Julie Brill

Microsoft Hires Ex-FTC Commissioner as Cybersecurity, Privacy Lead

By David Ruiz |

Former commissioner for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission Julie Brill will be deputy general counsel and report directly to Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith. Brill joins the company after roughly a year with Hogan Lovells.

Bad News: Rainmakers Aren't Lounging in Their PJs

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

The idea that lawyers can make buckets of money from their cozy apartment, beach house or suburban manse is a fantasy.

Downtown Cityscape Los Angeles, California, USA

Mayer Brown Brings on Sidley LA Real Estate Duo

By Rebecca Cohen |

Sidley Austin real estate partner M. Scott Cooper and counsel Daniel Liffmann in Los Angeles became the latest lawyers to leave the firm this year in Los Angeles—Sidley has two offices in the city—as they both joined Mayer Brown as partners.

New Initiative Seeks to Establish Common Language for Legal Matters

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

A developing project around legal matter standards could give law departments a new language to speak when they talk about their work.

Law Firm Recruiters Blast Headhunter's 'Sexist' Job Hunt Column

By Cogan Schneier and Katelyn Polantz |

The founder of BCG Attorney Search wrote that law firms fill recruiting jobs with women who are “quite attractive and fit,” but also sometimes “ditzy” and “more focused on themselves than their jobs.”

Rod Rosenstein testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing to be deputy attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice March 7, 2017.

Rosenstein Pegged to Bring Experience, Stability to DOJ

By Cogan Schneier |

Rod Rosenstein has his work cut out for him now that he’s officially U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ right-hand man. Attorneys are looking to Rosenstein, a lifelong public servant, to bring a dose of stability to the U.S. Department of Justice after the U.S. Senate confirmed him as the deputy attorney general.

America's Richest County Has 800 People—and One Lawyer

By Miriam Rozen |

Kimberly Kay Krieder-Dusek does a little bit of everything in McMullen County, Texas.

Mary Jo White.

Debevoise's White to Lead Firm's Newly Branded 'Crisis Teams'

By Roy Strom |

Familiar with crises involving President Donald Trump, former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission chair Mary Jo White is being tapped by Debevoise & Plimpton to be the first person to ring when a Tweet or viral video causes corporate chaos.

McDermott Will & Emery offices at 500 North Capitol street in Washington, D.C. June 11, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Two Ex-Dewey Partners Find a New Home at McDermott

By Meghan Tribe |

McDermott Will & Emery has hired corporate partners Ivan Presant and Jeffrey Meyers in New York from Greenberg Traurig and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, respectively. Meyers chaired Stroock’s energy and project finance practice after joining the firm in 2009 from Dewey & LeBoeuf, a firm that Presant fled in early 2012.

Charting Growth

This chart maps year-over-year changes in revenue per lawyer and profits per partner for every firm in The Am Law 100. Baker Botts, Crowell & Moring, and Nelson Mullins saw the biggest increases in both RPL and PPP last year. 

Mark Liscio, center, Madlyn Primoff, right, and Scott Talmadge, left.

Freshfields Recruits New York Restructuring Team

By Alex Berry |

London-based legal giant Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired three restructuring partners in New York from newly-merged Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer. The Magic Circle firm began ramping up its operations in Manhattan two years ago.

Senior counsel John Conner Jr., left, and partner Peter Gray, of Crowell & Moring.

Crowell Snags Chemicals Pros From Dentons in DC

By Katelyn Polantz |

Crowell & Moring added to its chemicals regulatory practice this week by picking up two longtime pesticides lawyers from Dentons.

Covington Opens Two New Offices After Adding Chadbourne Team

By Rose Walker |

A four-partner team from Chadbourne & Parke is leaving the firm's offices in three cities—Dubai, Johannesburg and London—for Covington & Burling. The move comes ahead of Chadbourne's planned combination with Norton Rose Fulbright.

Partners, Gibson Dunn; Houston office..Bottom Row: left to right:  Mike Darden and Shalla Prichard. Top Row:  left to right:  James Chenoweth, Gerry Spedale, Hillary Holmes, Justin Stolte, and Tull Florey.

Gibson Dunn Nabs Six Baker Botts Energy Partners for New Houston Office

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A group of six energy transactional partners in Baker Botts today joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's new Houston office.

April Doss.

Saul Ewing's Doss Tapped for 2016 Election Probe

By Lizzy McLellan |

April Doss was appointed as special counsel to the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee.

For Big Law Partners, a Trump Tax Giveaway?

By Katelyn Polantz |

Details surrounding the president's tax plan are still sketchy. But one thing’s for sure: Equity partners at the country's biggest law firms would enjoy a massive cut if the plan becomes reality. 

L-R Mark Silow and Mark Morris, Fox Rothchild

Fox Rothschild Grows Revenue 14 Percent, Profits Stay Flat

By Lizzy McLellan |

Revenue jumped 14 percent at Fox Rothschild in 2016, more than matching head count growth as the firm beefed up its lawyer ranks.

Terrence Allen

Pepper Hamilton Defections Mount as Akin Gump Adds Partner

By Rebecca Cohen |

Terrence Allen, who joined Pepper Hamilton’s Los Angeles office a year ago, is on the move again to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in nearby Orange County. Allen is the latest Pepper Hamilton partner to leave the firm so far this year.

Key Findings From the Am Law 100: A Podcast With Roy Strom

Reporter Roy Strom summarizes the key takeaways from the Am Law 100 rankings and what consultants say to look for in the coming year.

Profits Per Lawyer

A firm's PPL is its net income divided by its lawyer count. Wachtell topped the list with a PPL of $1.92 million.

Profitability Index

This metric, introduced in 1985, seeks to demonstrate which firms best balance leverage and profit margin for the highest possible profits per partner. We calculate the profitability index by dividing profits per partner by revenue per lawyer.

Compensation for All Partners

Average Compensation-All Partners rose by 1.6 percent in 2016, compared with an increase of 3.7 percent in 2015. Seventy-one firms posted increases, compared with 70 the previous year. Fifteen firms posted double-digit gains, while six posted double-digit losses.

Value Per Lawyer

Our value per lawyer metric demonstrates how much, on average, each of a firm’s lawyers contributes to total partner compensation. On average, value per lawyer for the Am Law 100 increased 2.4 percent, down from 3.3 percent in 2015. A firm’s VPL is its compensation-all partners divided by i