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L-R Bill O'Reilly, Chris Christie and Ken Starr.

From Bridgegate to Bill O'Reilly, Probes Put Law Firms in the Hot Seat

By Miriam Rozen |

For American media audiences, the Bill O'Reilly saga had pretty much everything, from sex and celebrity to money and politics. For law firms and their clients, it was also a reminder: In the biggest scandals, there's nothing internal about internal investigations.

Bill O'Reilly.

Would Big Law Boot Bill O'Reilly?

By Vivia Chen |

Like 21st Century Fox, law firms would be equally reluctant to get rid of a top rainmaker who behaved badly.

Call for Nominations: Litigation Departments of the Year

It's time to submit your entry for The American Lawyer's Litigation Departments of the Year, which recognizes top litigation departments in overall excellence, intellectual property, products liability, and regulatory/white-collar.

K&L Gates Fills Breach-Response Need With RADAR Deal

By Lizzy McLellan |

The partnership follows the departure from K&L Gates of Pittsburgh partner Roberta Anderson, a co-founder of the firm's 6-year-old cybersecurity practice.

Appellate Court Upholds Disqualification Ruling Against Gibson Dunn

By Ross Todd |

Attorneys must refrain from using apparently privileged documents, regardless of when or how they were received, the Fourth District says.

money or compensation

Obermayer Settles Dispute Over Associate Billing, Bonuses

By Lizzy McLellan |

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel has reached a settlement with a former associate who claimed he lost out on bonuses due to an unfair billing system.

Jury Awards $3M to Widow of Ex-Reed Smith Partner

By Roy Strom |

A Chicago federal jury on Thursday awarded $3 million to the widow of a former leader of Reed Smith’s corporate department, finding pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline plc liable for the 2010 suicide of Stewart Dolin.

David Feuerstein

NYC Boutique Makes Bet on Big Weed

By Meghan Tribe |

Feuerstein Kulick, a five-lawyer boutique formed last year in Manhattan, has received a surge in interest from clients keen on opportunities in the legal cannabis market following legislation introduced in Canada last week that would legalize marijuana north of the border.

What's in Your Warehouse? Closing the Business Intelligence Data Gap

By Zach Warren |

Collecting and normalizing business intelligence data, building a data warehouse, and effective presentation for outside the organization will be key concepts at the 2017 CLOC conference.

David Frederick

Washington's $500 Million Man Becomes Name Partner at Kellogg Hansen

By Katelyn Polantz |

Here's one way to get your name on the letterhead at an elite law firm: Earn half a billion dollars from a single client.

Winston & Strawn's eDiscovery Review Center at their Washington, D.C. office. February 1, 2016. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Katherine Vidal to Lead Winston's Silicon Valley Push

By Ben Hancock |

Vidal, who has represented companies like PayPal and VMware, is leaving Fish & Richardson after 20 years at the firm.

Houston IP Firm Sues Ex-Lawyer, Alleging She Steered Clients to Other Firms

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

JL Salazar Law Firm, an intellectual property firm in Houston, seeks up to $1 million in damages from former member Valerie Friedrich, who departed the firm on March 1.

Evan Greebel and Martin Shkreli

Shkreli, Ex-Counsel to Get Separate Trials, US Judge Decides

By Andrew Denney |

A joint trial of ex-pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli and Evan Greebel, his co-defendant in a fraud case and his former lawyer, would present a "serious risk" that Shkreli would not receive a fair trial, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

Troy Zander.

Cooley Hires DLA Piper's Ex-San Diego Leader

By Rebecca Cohen |

Troy Zander, a venture debt finance partner at DLA Piper in Silicon Valley and San Diego, is headed to Cooley. Zander served as an office managing partner in San Diego for DLA Piper, which has two offices in the city. Litigation partner Jesse Hindman also recently left DLA Piper in San Diego to start his own shop.

Blank Rome, Cozen O'Connor Want Ponzi Scheme Suit Tossed

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The two firms claim they are being targeted because the real fraudster is broke and owes millions of dollars.

The Young and the Restless

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

If your firm has been spending big bucks on branding, paying fat bonuses or packing associates off for courses at Harvard Business School, you've just wasted your partners' hard-earned money.

Bill O'Reilly.

Lawyers Take Aim at Each Other as O'Reilly Exits Fox

By Miriam Rozen |

In a slugfest between two prominent New York litigators, plaintiffs lawyer Douglas Wigdor on Wednesday cited his appreciation for Fox News and his financial backing for Donald Trump's presidential campaign to refute the suggestion that he's part of a left-wing conspiracy against newly-ousted Fox commentator Bill O'Reilly.

Wachtell Lawyer Jumps to Litigation Funder

By Ben Hancock |

Garrett Ordower is joining Lake Whillans in New York, where he'll help vet cases for potential investment.

Kerrie Campbell.

Chadbourne Ousts Partner Suing Firm for Gender Bias

By Brian Baxter |

Kerrie Campbell, a litigator at Chadbourne & Parke who brought a $100 million gender bias suit against the firm, was expelled from its partnership Thursday. In a memo to all Chadbourne partners, Campbell sought to avoid such a fate, which came after 70 partners voted in favor of her exit. She was the only dissenting vote.

Wall or No Wall, Cross-Border Pipelines Keep Texas Lawyers Busy

By Miriam Rozen |

"A bunch of the anti-Mexico rhetoric that you heard from the president has now faded," says King & Spalding's James Bowe.

Anton Valukas.

Tony Valukas Steps Down as Jenner & Block Chairman

By Roy Strom |

Anton “Tony” Valukas, a longtime partner and leader of Jenner & Block, will step down as chairman at month’s end. Valukas, one of The American Lawyer’s Lifetime Achievers, will not be replaced in the honorary role but remain a senior partner at the Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm.

Will Law Schools' LL.M Programs Suffer from Trump's 'America First' Stance?

By Karen Sloan |

Law school administrators say concerns are growing from foreign students about how the myriad immigration and travel policies emerging from Washington could impact their plans to obtain LL.M degrees in the United States.

Alexander Hadjis.

Cadwalader's ITC Chair Decamps to IP Boutique

By Meghan Tribe |

Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, a suburban Washington, D.C.-based IP firm, has hired partner Alexander Hadjis from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, which he joined in early 2014 from Morrison & Foerster. Hadjis headed Cadwalader’s International Trade Commission group and co-chaired the firm’s technology industry practice.

Hong Kong.

Davis Polk Hires Ex-U.S. Prosecutor from Ropes & Gray in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Patrick Sinclair is the latest former federal prosecutor to wind up in the Hong Kong office of a U.S. firm.

Kerrie Campbell, partner with Chadbourne & Parke, in Washington, D.C. September 1, 2016.

Chadbourne Sex Bias Plaintiffs Lose Bid to Block Partnership Vote

By Scott Flaherty |

A federal judge in Manhattan on Monday declined to temporarily block Chadbourne & Parke’s partnership from voting to expel Kerrie Campbell, a partner in Washington, D.C., who is leading a $100 million gender discrimination action against the firm.

Study Shows Gender Diversity Varies Widely Across Practice Areas

By Meghan Tribe |

A study by ALM Intelligence found that women are better represented in niche legal fields such as immigration and family law, but underrepresented in top-tier Big Law practice areas like corporate and litigation. Female talent is also underrepresented in states with large law school talent pools, according to the analysis.

(L-R) David Sanford, Jeremy Heisler, and Kevin Sharp, of Sanford Heisler Sharp.

Sanford Heisler Firm Adds Name Partner, New Office With Judge's Hire

By Scott Flaherty |

Sanford Heisler said outgoing Tennessee federal Judge Kevin Sharp will expand the firm and help it trade blows with Chadbourne & Parke in a $100 million sex bias suit.

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

Dentons Culls Partners Amid Budget Shortfall

By Katelyn Polantz |

The world’s largest law firm by head count asked several U.S.-based partners to leave after it failed to meet its 2016 budget, multiple sources said.

Irwin Raij.

O’Melveny Lands Foley & Lardner Sports Co-Leader in Practice Push

By Brian Baxter |

O’Melveny & Myers has hired Irwin Raij, co-chair of the sports industry team at Foley & Lardner in Miami, New York and Washington, D.C., as a partner and co-chair of its sports industry group. The addition of Raij is the latest lateral recruit by O’Melveny in the sports space this year.

Deal Watch: Skadden Feasts on Panera, Intrawest, McAfee Bids

By Brian Baxter and Meghan Tribe |

What do security software, ski resorts and casual dining chains have in common? Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which got the first quarter of 2017 started by snagging roles on three notable M&A deals. Alas, the firm was shunted aside by Latham & Watkins on another major transaction for film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.

Second Circuit Revives Fraud Suit Against K&L Gates, Ex-Partners

By Andrew Denney |

A federal appeals court has reinstated a fraud lawsuit against K&L Gates and two of its former partners alleging that the attorneys exploited their past representation of a publishing executive to undermine his efforts to acquire assets from a bankruptcy sale.

Art Rooney II at a press conference in April 2012 announcing the new Minnesota Vikings stadium.

Death of Diversity Pioneer Rooney A Tough Blow to Buchanan Ingersoll

By Meghan Tribe |

When news broke Thursday of Dan Rooney's death, the National Football League community mourned the loss of one of its great icons. For Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, the loss of the Pittsburgh Steelers' chairman at 84 marked the passing of a longtime client and friend, as well as an innovator for workplace diversity.

An advertisement for Trump University.

For Trump U Plaintiffs Lawyers, Unusual Path to 'Extraordinary' $25M Settlement

By Scott Flaherty |

Plaintiffs lawyers from Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd discuss the road to the settlement they reached with Trump U.

Voice of the Client: Attention, Lawyers! Collaborate with Your Clients

By Beth Marie Cuzzone and Kelly Harbour, Marketing the Law Firm |

When it comes to relationship man¬agement, many firms fail to con¬sider the value client involvement can bring to key business processes such as succession planning or cli¬ent team transitioning.

Ciber, Med Dev Bankruptcies Leave Trail of Big Law Creditors

By Brian Baxter |

The bankruptcy filings this week of global IT consultancy Ciber Inc. and a pair of medical device makers have left several big firms holding the bag. Ciber owes thousands in unpaid legal fees to Polinselli, while Duane Morris, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and two California firms are listed as unsecured creditors another Chapter 11 case.

The United Airlines Fiasco Should Lead to Better Pay for Jurors

By Roy Strom |

Being bumped from an airplane is a raw deal. Sitting on a jury is way worse. What could be done to change that? Fair pay.

NY Judge's Suspected Suicide Shines Light on Silent Struggle

By John Council |

Judges are public figures, problem-solvers and make life-or-death decisions—all of which can make it difficult to seek help with depression or other mental health issues.

Heller Ehrman Ruling Shows Perils for 'In-Between' Partners

By Ross Todd |

A longtime partner who was de-equitized before the firm's collapse can't collect more than $1 million in back pay because he was still technically a shareholder, the Ninth Circuit ruled this week.

Debevoise & Plimpton

Debevoise Adds Ex-EDNY Securities Fraud Chief

By Brian Baxter |

In its latest hire of a former federal prosecutor in the Obama administration, Debevoise & Plimpton has hired Winston Paes as counsel for its white-collar defense and regulatory group in New York. Paes leaves the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn on the eve of its high-profile securities fraud trial of ex-Katten Muchin partner Evan Greebel.

Bennett Kight, Atlanta .

Defense: Ex-Sutherland Partner Incompetent to Stand Trial on Fraud Charges

By R. Robin McDonald |

Lawyers for a 76-year-old Atlanta lawyer accused of stealing from a longtime client say he suffers from dementia and scans show a "black hole" in an area of the brain that affects judgment and personality.

Jeffrey Greene

Fenwick's New York Office Nabs Foley IP Vice Chair

By Rebecca Cohen |

Having finally opened a New York office almost a year ago, the Silicon Valley stalwart has hired Foley & Lardner partner Jeffrey Greene to bolster its base in the Big Apple. Greene served as vice chair of his former firm’s department.

David Sanford.

Partner Asks Judge to Halt Chadbourne Expulsion Vote Amid Gender Bias Case

By Scott Flaherty |

Kerrie Campbell, who is leading a gender bias suit against Chadbourne & Parke, claims that the firm's planned planned vote next week on her expulsion from the partnership is part of an effort to punish her for bringing the putative class action case.

Azul Brazilian Airlines at Curitiba Airport (CWB) in Brazil.

Brazilian IPOs a Boon to Shearman, Simpson Thacher

By Brian Baxter |

The two Wall Street firms are advising this week on a pair of initial public offerings by Brazilian airline Azul SA and Latin American e-commerce giant NetShoes Ltd. that have raised nearly $800 million for both companies and generated millions in legal fees.

DLA Piper Exits Australian Capital in Latest Office Closure

By James Booth |

In the latest of a series of closures involving the global legal giant's international network, DLA Piper is shutting its doors in Canberra.

Workers clean the inside of a cafeteria hours after a bomb exploded at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, killing nine, four of them Americans, and wounding more than 70, on July 31, 2002.

Big Law Bench Runs Deep in $655M Terror Case at High Court

By Marcia Coyle |

Thirteen years after suing the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority—and winning a $655 million jury award in 2015—the American victims and estates of victims of a series of bombings and shootings in Israel are asking the justices to overturn a federal appeals court decision that jettisoned them out of court.

Should Firms 'Out' Lawyers on the Work/Life Balance Track?

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Littler Mendelson lists its "flextime" attorneys right on its website.

Dollars & Data: Law Firms Increasing Marketing, Business Development Tech Spend

By Ian Lopez |

A recent Bloomberg Law/Legal Marketing Association report examined how firms are using and plan to use technology for business development.

A detainee is escorted to a medium security facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Guantanamo Defense Attorneys Sue Over Work Conditions

By Cogan Schneier |

The attorneys, which include civilian and JAG lawyers, say they are forced to work in conditions that expose them to carcinogens while defending a client from the death penalty.

MOSCOW - AUGUST 21, 2016: Aerial view to Moscow-city (Moscow International Business Center) over Moskva River. Moscow-city is a modern commercial district in central Moscow.

Diplomatic Breakdown Rattles Western Law Firms in Russia

By Miriam Rozen |

For U.S. and international law firms in Moscow, soured geopolitics are making a bad business situation worse.

Kirkland's Gross Revenue, Partner Profits Hit New Highs

By Roy Strom |

The Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm had a 2016 to remember, as gross revenue rose 15 percent and profits per partner soared nearly 14 percent, helping Kirkland & Ellis break financial records.

Shearman & Sterling capital markets partner Lona Nallengara. HANDOUT.

Shearman Snags Two Equity Partner Hires in New York

By Meghan Tribe |

After making cutbacks to its equity partnership last year, Shearman & Sterling has recruited two corporate equity partners to its ranks in the Big Apple. One new addition is returning to the firm after a nearly two-year stint at Bridgewater Associates LP, the world’s largest hedge fund.

Brian Winterfeldt, left, and Daniel Winterfeldt, right.

Gay Twins Strive for Equality in Big Law

By Leigh Jones |

One is a partner at Mayer Brown; another is a partner at Reed Smith. Both are adamant about helping LGBT lawyers thrive in the profession.

digital tools

Clients Not Ready to 'Talk to a Robot,' but Jackson Lewis Bets on Automating Compliance Tasks

By Ian Lopez |

Jackson Lewis' workthruIT site serves as a digital tool suite for general counsel, HR and employers for workplace-related issues.

Reed Smith Launches Miami Office Amid Boutique Breakup

By Scott Flaherty |

Reed Smith is opening a Miami office with an international arbitration practice picked up from the Miami-based boutique firm Astigarraga Davis. The Astigarraga firm is splitting up, but more than half its lawyers will continue to work together at a new firm.

Adams and Reese managing partner Gif Thornton with new Atlanta office partner-in-charge Ron Bingham.

Adams and Reese Raids Baker Donelson to Launch Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale Offices

By Meredith Hobbs |

Adams and Reese has landed a 10-lawyer financial services team from Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz to open an Atlanta office and another in Fort Lauderdale.

Pepper Hamilton

Ex-Baylor Football Director Drops Claims Over Pepper's Report

By Lizzy McLellan |

A former Baylor University football official is dropping his libel suit against the university and Pepper Hamilton, but his claims may not be gone forever.

David Boies

Boies Schiller Bags Another Boutique, As Paul Weiss Adds Partner

By Meghan Tribe |

Almost a year after acquiring a New York-based litigation boutique, the newly-minted Boies Schiller Flexner has absorbed Los Angeles-based litigation firm Caldwell Leslie & Proctor. The move comes amid a restructuring at Boies Schiller that has resulted in several partners leaving the firm as it re-focuses itself on high-end litigation work.

Wells Fargo.

Report Faults Wells Fargo's Law Department in Sham-Accounts Scandal

By C. Ryan Barber |

Shearman & Sterling's report on the Wells Fargo sham-accounts scandal didn't hold any punches. And the bank's law department didn't escape scrutiny. The report found the law department "did not appreciate that sales integrity issues reflected a systemic breakdown in Wells Fargo's culture and values and an ongoing failure to correct the widespread breaches of trust in the misuse of customers’ personal data and financial information." Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan said the report provides a new opportunity to "learn from our mistakes."

Firms Announce Flextime Policies. How Exciting.

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Based on what I've seen, many if not most lawyers (except for the junior ones) work wherever they want.

E. Barrett Prettyman Court House.

Fight Over 2 Big Law Accounts Sparks Legal Tech Spat

By Cogan Schneier |

In a new suit, eSentio Technologies accuses HBR Consulting of derailing its bid for document management work from Akin Gump and King & Spalding.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison offices in Washington, D.C. March 24, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Paul Weiss Poised to Make Rare London Lateral Partner Hire

By Rose Walker |

Alvaro Gomez de Membrillera Galiana, a corporate partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in London, has agreed to join Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in the city.

New York's High-Flying Firms Hit New Heights in Profits, Revenue

By Christine Simmons and Lizzy McLellan |

The good times are rolling again for New York's elite law firms.

For Some Big Firms, It's Still All About That IPO Equity

By Rebecca Cohen |

The tech bubble may have burst more than 15 years ago, but large law firms are still taking equity stakes in startup companies that they help bring to market.

Scott Wolas.

After 20 Years as Fugitive, Ex-Hunton Partner Arrested in Florida

By Brian Baxter |

He was not quite Whitey Bulger, but federal prosecutors in Boston announced Friday the arrest in Florida of Scott Wolas, a disbarred lawyer accused of perpetrating a $1.5 million real estate investment fraud in Massachusetts. Wolas, booted from Hunton & Williams in 1995, has been on the run for two decades.

Evan Greebel and Martin Shkreli

Feds Accuse Shkreli, Ex-Counsel of 'Ramping Up' Row as Trial Strategy

By Andrew Denney |

A federal prosecutor in the securities fraud case against pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli and his ex-counsel Evan Greebel accused the defendants on Friday of strategically “ramping up” the animosity between them in an effort to sever their cases.

Westinghouse Filings Detail Weil's Big Bankruptcy Bills

By Brian Baxter |

Weil, Gotshal & Manges, no stranger to big bankruptcy fees, has disclosed how much it was paid by Westinghouse Electric prior to the nuclear energy company's recent Chapter 11 filing. The Trump administration and Japanese government are seeking to avert a sale of Westinghouse—owned by Toshiba Corp.—to Chinese buyers.

Jobs Report Brings More Bad News for Legal Employment

By Scott Flaherty |

Employment in the U.S. legal sector took another hit in March, with the industry losing 1,500 jobs, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Judge Neil Gorsuch testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the second day of his confirmation hearing to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia at the U.S. Supreme Court. March 21, 2017.

Gorsuch's SCOTUS Vote Could Soon Prove Decisive on Many Cases

By Marcia Coyle and Tony Mauro |

The final round of arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court this month will give soon-to-be Justice Neil Gorsuch opportunities to reveal how he would deal with a range of issues, including government support of religious institutions and requirements for securities and product liability claims.

J. Dennis Hastert.

Dennis Hastert Escapes More Legal Trouble Thanks to ‘Implausible’ Witness

By Katelyn Polantz |

An Illinois realtor who accused the former House speaker of misusing federal funds bombed with U.S. District Judge Charles Cocoas, who dismissed the suit on Thursday.

Pictured (L-R): James Normile, Patricia Mollica, William Dudine, Alexander Deland, Catriona Morgan

Katten Takes on Winston & Strawn's Public Finance Group

By Meghan Tribe |

A five-lawyer public finance group from Winston & Strawn has joined Katten Muchin Rosenman's New York office as the firm looks to expand its practice presence nationwide. James Normile, one of the partners making the move, is leaving an office he joined 30 years ago from now-defunct Finley Kumble.

Kristopher Badame

For New Jackson Lewis Lateral Litigator, A Shift Change

By Rebecca Cohen |

Jackson Lewis has brought on litigation partner Kristopher Badame in Irvine, California, from his own plaintiffs’ shop in nearby Lake Forest. Badame, who coaches amateur hockey in his spare time, will transition his practice to doing corporate defense work at his new firm.

Tower Bridge and downtown Sacramento, California.

Buchalter Bags LeClairRyan Litigators for New Sactown Base

By Rebecca Cohen |

Having just opened an office in Sacramento, Buchalter sought this week to grow its new outpost in California's capital by recruiting a team of lawyers from LeClairRyan.

Preet Bharara, former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaks to a standing room only crowd at Cooper Union on Thursday, April 6, 2017. This is his first public appearance since his termination by President Donald J. Trump last month.

Reason for Firing 'Beats the Hell Out of Me,' Bharara Says in First Speech Since Leaving U.S. Atty Post

By Andrew Denney |

Preet Bharara said he refused to resign when asked to do so last month to make sure the record reflected that President Donald Trump changed his mind and decided to fire him as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Mary Jo White, center, speaking before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, during her confirmation hearing to be chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, on March 12, 2013.  Behind her, left, is her husband, John White, a partner with Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

Cravath Welcomes Lone Nonequity Partner Back Into Equity Tier

By Katelyn Polantz |

Now that Mary Jo White is out of government and back at Debevoise, her husband John White has returned from equity exile at Cravath.

V&E, Akin Gump, Advise on $3.3B Convenience Store Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Vinson & Elkins represents Sunoco LP in its pending $3.3 billion sale of more than 1,000 convenience stores, some in Texas, to 7-Eleven, which turned to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

Stephen D. Susman

Susman Godfrey Rethinks Contingency Model, Looks to Oil and Gas Clients

By Miriam Rozen |

"I have 116 lawyers at this firm. They need to feed their families," says Steve Susman.

Vice President Mike Pence

Mike Pence Is a Prude, and So Are Big-Law Partners

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Who knew the vice president was such a lustful rascal?

Kerrie Campbell

Chadbourne Wants Kerrie Campbell to Leave the Building

By Brian Baxter |

Seven months after slapping a $100 million gender bias suit against Chadbourne & Parke, litigation partner Kerrie Campbell in Washington, D.C., could finally be on the outs. The firm said Wednesday that a partnership vote would determine her future at Chadbourne.

California Supreme Court.

32 Firms Line Up to Fight 'Unfinished Business' Doctrine at Calif. High Court

By Ross Todd |

From Akin Gump to Wilson Sonsini, law firms are protesting the principle that bankruptcy trustees can claw back profits from client matters that partners take with them from defunct firms.

money or compensation

Obermayer Says Ex-Associate Can't Sue Over 'Intangible' Bonus Credits

By Lizzy McLellan |

In response to a former associate's lawsuit over bonuses, Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel is countering that its associate bonuses are discretionary, and the credits it uses to calculate bonuses don't amount to "tangible" property.

multi-ethnic team

Legal Depts. Ask Firms for Diversity, Make Efforts In-House

By David Ruiz |

Corporate legal departments pushing for greater diversity in outside counsel are also taking steps to improve diversity in-house. Adobe Systems Inc.'s general counsel is among those involved.

Law Firm Merger Mania Continues in First Quarter of 2017

By Meghan Tribe |

Led by a strong wave of cross-border combinations, law firm merger activity in the first quarter of 2017 continued to accelerate as legal services shops gained growth and market share through acquisitions, according to reports by legal consultancies Altman Weil Inc. and Fairfax Associates.

Reality-Testing Firm Leaders' Financial Projections

By David Altuna and Gretta Rusanow |

A Citibank analysis of results for the second half of 2016 shows that firm leaders' expectations were too optimistic.

Kirkland Among Big Firms Picking Up Payless Bankruptcy Roles

By Brian Baxter |

Armstrong Teasdale, Kirkland & Ellis, Munger, Tolles & Olson and Canada's Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt are advising Payless ShoeSource Inc., as the Topeka, Kansas-based shoe retailer filed for bankruptcy Tuesday in St. Louis and announced plans to shutter 400 stores.

Insurance Industry Competition Spurs New Network’s Creation

By Meghan Tribe |

Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, a 482-lawyer firm with Philadelphia and New York roots, has formed a global insurance network with firms in Canada, Spain and the U.K. The move comes more than two months after insurance industry rival Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker launched its own international network.

Stephen Immelt, CEO of Hogan Lovells.

Hogan Lovells Confirms Hire of Climan's Crew, But No Moves Yet

By Rebecca Cohen |

A team of technology transactions partners at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Silicon Valley led by M&A rainmaker Richard “Rick” Climan are poised to join Hogan Lovells. But the group is still listed on Weil’s website and it remains unclear when their notice period will expire.

Plaintiffs Firm Sued for Defamation, 'Self-Aggrandizement'

By Amanda Bronstad |

Jay Edelson, founding partner of Edelson PC, called the complaint filed by a litigation foe "an attempt to do some late-in-the-game damage control" and promised an aggressive response.

Women and Rejection

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Does the dearth of women at the top stem from fear of rejection? Not exactly. After a botched interview or a unflattering review, they're less likely to try again.

The 2017 Corporate Scorecard

By The American Lawyer |

Firms are ranked on both the number and value of the deals handled in specific transactional areas, including Asset-Backed Securities, Bankruptcy, Equities, High-Yield Debt, Investment-Grade Debt, IPOs, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mortgage-Backed Securities, Municipal Bonds, Private Equity, Project Financing, REIT Debt, and REIT Equities.

Corporate Scorecard, The Methodology

By The American Lawyer |

The American Lawyer's Corporate Scorecard tracks the transactional practices of leading firms. See below for details on how the rankings are assembled; click here to return to the 2017 Corporate Scorecard.

Logo in the reception area of Greenspoon Marder in the Miami, Florida, office

Greenspoon Marder Expands in San Diego With IP Practice

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The firm is taking on three attorneys, including the name partner, from Handal & Associates.

Trinh Huynh, Atlanta

Arrest Announced in Midtown Slaying of UPS Lawyer

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Atlanta police announced Tuesday afternoon that a Roswell man was in custody in connection with the shooting death of Trinh Huynh, who arrived as a child refugee from wartorn Vietnam, grew up in Georgia and dedicated herself to the Atlanta legal and immigrant community.

Squire Patton Boggs offices in Washington, D.C.

Squire Patton Boggs Strikes Alliance With Trump's Lawyer

By Katelyn Polantz |

Michael Cohen, a personal lawyer to President Donald Trump who started his own firm two weeks ago, has agreed to form a strategic alliance with global legal giant Squire Patton Boggs.

Crowell & Moring, Herrick Call Off Tie-Up Talks

By Meghan Tribe |

Advanced discussions on a potential combination between Crowell & Moring and Herrick, Feinstein have ended, both firms announced in a joint statement Monday evening.

Alan S. Waldenberg of Schulte Roth & Zabel.

Schulte Roth Holds Steady With Modest Increases in Its 2016 Financial Results

By Scott Flaherty |

The firm's key financial metrics grew by less than 3 percent.

The Peculiar Alchemy of 2017's Two Big Mergers

By Hugh A. Simons |

The merger of Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer and the pending deal between Norton Rose Fulbright and Chadbourne & Parke present some unique challenges, contributor Hugh A. Simons writes.

Alberta Oil Sands Production.

Deal Watch: Five Firms Help ConocoPhillips Escape Oil Sands

By Meghan Tribe |

One of the world's largest independent oil exploration and production companies is bidding adieu to Canada's massive oil sands. Three leading Canadian firms and a pair of Am Law 100 shops have grabbed lead roles on a $13.3 billion deal by Houston-based ConocoPhillips' to unload the bulk of its assets up north.

The White House.

Trump Lawyers' Financial Disclosures Reveal Big Law Salaries, Client Lists

By C. Ryan Barber and Katelyn Polantz |

Want to know what Jones Day's biggest names made last year? How about partners at other major firms? The White House's staff financial disclosures, released over the weekend, offer rare glimpses inside the wallets of some of Washington's most well-known lawyers. We've highlighted details from 12 lawyers' disclosures.

Baseball Opening Day.

Sidley, Bay Area Boutique Among Top Baseball Billers

By Brian Baxter |

San Francisco-based Altshuler Berzon and Sidley Austin were among a dozen outside law firms to have received payments in 2016 from the Major League Baseball Players Association. The labor union, one of the most powerful in professional sports, disclosed the fees in an annual Labor Department filing.

Depressed young businessman wearing formal suit, sitting in the office with a laptop on desk

Ex-Reed Smith Partner's Suicide Trial Highlights Anxiety in Big Law Mergers

By Roy Strom |

Before Stewart Dolin's suicide in 2010, he told his therapist he felt inadequate as a Reed Smith practice leader. It's a feeling therapists say that lawyers, as a group, often struggle with, especially following mergers. But Big Law has a zip-lipped culture when it comes to mental health concerns.

Dallas Legal Market is Smoking Hot in 2017

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

With firms opening Dallas offices and laterals moving from firm to firm, the Dallas legal market is in play in 2017.

Denmark Latest Venue for DLA Piper's Global Growth

By James Booth |

DLA Piper's international expansion spree continued Friday as the legal giant announced a tie-up with 150-lawyer Danish firm LETT. The local shop will be absorbed into DLA Piper’s Nordic verein.

Betsy DeVos, U.S. secretary of education, speaks to employees on her first day at the Department of Education in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017.

Law School Student Debt the Betsy DeVos Way

By Steven J. Harper |

Don’t rely on the Trump administration to help solve the growing student debt crisis, says columnist Steven J. Harper.

L-R Arokium Sampson and Alison Bernard.

Dechert Debuts New Talent Team With Fried Frank, A&P Hires

By Lizzy McLellan |

Dechert has revamped its talent and diversity leadership, bringing in two Big Law veterans to lead lawyer development and diversity initiatives.

United States President-elect Donald Trump, Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jnr. listen to Attorney Sheri Dillon as she speaks about the turning over of The Trump Organization to the children of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at a press conference at Trump Tower in New York City. The President Elect spoke and answered questions on the turning over of his business to his children, email hacking and fake news. Trump is still holding meetings upstairs at Trump Tower as he continues to fill in key positions in his new administration. President-elect Donald Trump press conference, New York, USA - 11 Jan 2017 (Rex Features via AP Images)

Investment Fund Fires Morgan Lewis for 'Enabling' Trump With Ethics Advice

By Roy Strom |

"Americans deserve a president of undivided loyalty," the Wallace Global Fund told Morgan Lewis' leader. "Your firm has denied them that."

Dr. Scott E. Kamholz, MD, PhD, of Foley Hoag, in Washington, D.C. August 11, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Pair of Ex-PTAB Judges Join Covington

By Rebecca Cohen |

Covington & Burling is bulking up its patent practice on both coasts by recruiting two former judges with the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Proskauer Rose, 11 Times Square, NYC.8-22-2016

Ex-Stroock Leader Part of Dozen-Lawyer Team Joining Proskauer

By Brian Baxter |

An investment funds group from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan led by Stuart Coleman, the firm's former co-managing partner and chair of its investment management practice, is peeling off for Proskauer Rose.

Fraud Conviction in $23M Scheme Targeting Lawyers

By Lizzy McLellan |

A Canadian man accused of stealing more than $23 million from more than 100 lawyers, including some in Pennsylvania, has been convicted of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Rudy Giuliani and Michael Mukasey

Giuliani, Mukasey Play Mysterious Roles in Case of Turkish Trader

By Andrew Denney |

A defense lawyer for Reza Zarrab confirmed the attorneys' involvement in response to a court order but said details of the representation are confidential.

David Friedman, left, and Donald Trump in 2010.

Kasowitz Reports Down Year; Trims Firm Name as Ex-Partner Assumes Ambassador Post

By Scott Flaherty |

Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman is now just Kasowitz Benson Torres. Name partner David Friedman left the firm to become the new ambassador to Israel under the Trump administration. The name change comes as the firm reports a down year in 2016.

Debevoise & Plimpton

Growth Surge Ends at Debevoise, But Ex-Partners Return

By Meghan Tribe |

Debevoise & Plimpton saw its gross revenue, profits per partner and revenue per lawyer and head count drop in 2016. The firm started off 2017 by bringing back former partner and litigation leader Mary Jo White as senior chair.

(Clockwise from top left) Julia Salasky of Crowdjustice, Jay Greenberg of LexShares, Howard Shams of Parabellum Capital, Susan Dunn of Harbour Litigation Finance, Ralph Sutton of Bentham IMF, and Christopher Bogart of Burford.

Who Rules the World of Litigation Funding?

By Ben Hancock |

Commercial litigation finance is a growing industry. But when it comes to the people who laid its foundations and those who are propelling the business today, it is an exceedingly small and interconnected world. Many key figures trace their roots to elite law firms or Wall Street institutions.

L-R Andy Liu and Robert Nichols, Nichols Liu.

D.C.'s Newest Firm Touts Big Law, Agency Vets

By Katelyn Polantz |

Government contract boutique Nichols Liu, led by ex-Covington partner Robert Nichols and other law firm and federal agency alums, made its formal debut this week.

Negative Ratings

What's a Law Firm To Do About Anonymous Online Reviews? Sue, of Course

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A small Houston construction firm seeks damages from John and Jane Doe, alleging in a lawsuit that they authored false and defamatory reviews on various online websites.

USA Hockey, Gymnastics Generating Plenty of Big Law Work

By Meghan Tribe |

Ballard Spahr, Faegre Baker Daniels, Krieg DeVault and several other firms are advising the U.S. governing bodies for hockey and gymnastics, both of which are dealing with major legal matters that could affect their future.

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Mintz Levin Continues Growth in 2016, Topping 2015's Record Year

By Scott Flaherty |

Mintz Levin credits strong lateral hires and a focus on collaboration across practice areas and offices.

Sequoya Nuclear Power Plant.

Weil, Skadden Snag Roles on Westinghouse Bankruptcy

By Brian Baxter |

Skadden is advising Japan's Toshiba Corp. on its decision to put its Pittsburgh-based Westinghouse unit—advised by Weil, Gotshal & Manges—into bankruptcy in New York. The Chapter 11 filing comes a month after Toshiba took a $6.3 billion write-down on cost overruns for Westinghouse, a major player in the U.S. nuclear power industry.

Squire Patton Boggs offices in Washington, D.C. March 2015. Photo by Mike Scarcella/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Still in Growth Mode, Squire Patton Boggs Boosts Partner Profits

By Katelyn Polantz |

Squire Patton Boggs edged total revenues closer to the $1 billion mark and boosted average partner profits to nearly $1 million in 2016, in what global managing partner Steve Mahon called the firm's "best year ever."


South Florida's Billing Rates Remain Flat As Small Firms Get More Than Half the Work

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Lawyer billing rates in the South Florida market grew more slowly than in most large markets through 2015 and a larger percentage of the work went to smaller law firms than it did in larger cities

DLA Piper Continues to Expand in Latin America—This Time in Peru

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The global legal giant has established another cooperation agreement in Latin America with Peru's Pizzaro, Botto & Escobar. The 40-lawyer firm will now be known as DLA Piper Pizarro Botto Escobar in Lima.

From left Richard Climan, John Brockland, Keith Flaum, and Jane Ross

Hogan Lovells Lures Weil Tech Transactions Team

By Rebecca Cohen |

Hogan Lovells is poised to hire a high-profile technology transactions team in Silicon Valley from Weil, Gotshal & Manges led by partners Richard 'Rick' Climan, Keith Flaum, Jane Ross and John Brockland. The quartet headed to Weil five years ago ahead of the collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf, which they joined from Cooley in 2009.

Thomas Bolling, Abby Bried and Marc Warren

At Jenner & Block, A New Practice Takes Flight

By Meghan Tribe |

A new aviation and aerospace practice is ready for launch at Jenner & Block. The Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm has hired three new leaders of the practice from Crowell & Moring and United Airlines Inc.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building

Ex-Big Law Partner Still Angry After SEC Fraud Claims Tossed

By Scott Flaherty |

William Uchimoto, a former partner at Buchanan Ingersoll, Saul Ewing and Stevens & Lee, says the only one guilty of misconduct in his case was the SEC.

Michal Rosenn.

Lawyers Using Social Media Lack Framework for What's Allowed

By David Ruiz |

Companies and firms are dealing with lawyers' social media use on a case-by-case basis, leading to uncertainty, in-house and outside counsel say.

Daniel Gallagher.

Mylan Taps Ex-SEC Commissioner as Top Lawyer

By Kristen Rasmussen |

EpiPen maker Mylan N.V. announced Tuesday that Daniel Gallagher has been appointed chief legal officer, effective April 17. Gallagher served as a commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from late 2011 to late 2015. He previously held various staff roles at the agency, including as counsel to two commissioners.

Partners Question 'Unreasonable' Deutsche Demands on Junior Lawyer Pay

By Anna Ward |

Almost 60% of partners think Deutsche Bank’s plan to stop paying panel law firms for work carried out by junior lawyers is unreasonable, according to a new survey.

Wilmer Grows Partner Profits, Trims Head Count as California Beckons

By Katelyn Polantz |

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr pruned attorney head count but kept revenue stable last year, as high-profile clients from Washington, D.C., to California turned to the firm to keep regulators and courtroom adversaries at bay.

Using Gamification to Drive Business Development Performance

By David Freeman, Law Journal Newsletters |

How to use gamification for business development.

Ten Am Law 100 Firms Help Raiders Roll Into Sin City

By Brian Baxter |

Enough outside law firms to represent nearly every position on a football field grabbed roles Monday on a deal to relocate to Las Vegas the National Football League's Oakland Raiders. In a 31-1 vote, NFL owners approved the team's move that will involve a record-setting sum of public money.

Fox Rothschild Raids Dentons for New York Startup Group

By Brian Baxter |

Randolph Adler Jr. and Michael Chung, once a pair of laid off Skadden associates, merged their own boutique with Dentons in 2015. Now the duo are leading a six-strong team decamping Dentons for Fox Rothschild, where Adler will co-chair the firm’s emerging companies and startup group. In the end, a global platform just didn’t matter.

Call for Nominations: Global Legal Awards

It's time to submit your entry for The American Lawyer's Global Legal Awards, which recognizes the best cross-border work of the year.

New York City, NY - July 12 2016: Aerial view top of Metlife building next to grand central terminal in the Manhattan skyline surrounded by building rooftops

California IP Firm Sets Sights on New York

By Rebecca Cohen |

While some large law firms are cutting back on their intellectual property practices, California-based Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear is in expansion mode. The IP-focused firm, which saw its gross revenue rise to $220 million in 2016, is preparing to move five lawyers to a new office in New York.

The Gender Divide Among Dealmaking Laterals

By Hugh A. Simons |

With Hourly Rates Rising, Report Shows Spotty Record for GC's Cost-Constraint Tactics

By Roy Strom |

Hourly rates are rebounding strongly from the post-recession doldrums and Big Law is leading the way in capturing more money for their time. Nonetheless, overall demand for lawyers’ time continues to fall, according to an analysis released Monday of actual legal invoices from nearly 100 companies.

Dale Noll, with Akerman, Miami

National LGBT Bar Association President Says Group Has 'a Lot of Work to Do'

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Akerman associate Dale Noll assumed the helm as president of the National LGBT Bar Association this month.

Deal Watch: Three Firms Headline PR Giant's Going Public Sale

By Meghan Tribe |

This is not a press release. Kirkland & Ellis, Latham & Watkins and Graubard Miller are advising on the $2.4 billion sale of public relations software and technology firm Cision Inc., owner of products like PR Newswire, Gorkana and Help a Reporter Out. The deal will see Cision go public after combining with a blank check company.

David Caputo, left, and Andrew Youman, right, of Youman & Caputo.

Law Firm Spinoffs an Option as Lawyers Look to Go Lean

By David Gialanella and Zack Needles |

Radical change is not easy to pull off at large or even midsize firms, which often are weighed down by bulky staffs, layers of bureaucracy and decades of tradition.

Second Circuit Upholds Ban on Private Investment in Law Firms

By Andrew Denney and Ben Hancock |

A federal appeals court on Friday rejected an attempt to loosen restrictions on private investment in the legal industry, dismissing arguments that ethics rules impinge on lawyers’ First Amendment rights.

Chadbourne & Parke offices in Washington, D.C.

Chadbourne, Plaintiffs Trade Blows in Batch of New Filings

By Brian Baxter |

Three current and former female partners seeking certification of a gender bias class action against Chadbourne & Parke saw the firm file its response opposing that motion late Thursday. Chadbourne’s managing partner Andrew Giaccia and retired partner Mary Yelenick, who is among those suing the firm, also both filed court papers in the case.

Reginald Brown of WilmerHale. HANDOUT.

Manafort, Willing to Talk, Hires Top Wilmer Partner

By Brian Baxter |

Reginald Brown, chairman of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr's financial institutions group and head of the firm's congressional investigations practice, has been retained by President Donald Trump's former top campaign adviser Paul Manafort Jr. as he prepares to answer questions about his alleged ties to Russia.

‘Lawyers Behaving Badly’: Firm Sues Former Lawyer, Alleging He Stole Client Information and Operated His Own Firm on the Side

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Houston trial and intellectual property firm sued former lawyer Erik Osterrieder, alleging he took confidential client information and stored it "off-site" at his private firm.

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

Here Are The Hill Lawyers Behind Obamacare Repeal Efforts

By By Kristen Rasmussen |

Here are some of the congressional attorneys playing a role in the health care legislation efforts, representing both parties, both chambers and various committees. They include Kim Brandt, chief oversight counsel, Senate Committee on Finance; Nick Bath, health policy director, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP); Mike Bloomquist, deputy staff director House Committee on Energy and Commerce; Karen Christian, general counsel, House Committee on Energy and Commerce; Allison Halataei, general counsel, House Committee on Ways and Means; and Jane Lucas, legislative director for Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota.

Sullivan & Cromwell partner Jay Clayton testifies before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs during his confirmation hearing to become the next Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington.  March 23, 2017.

Jay Clayton, SEC Chair Nominee, Grilled Over Wall Street Ties

By C. Ryan Barber |

Fending off questions about his lucrative law practice and potential conflicts of interest, Jay Clayton, the Sullivan & Cromwell partner who was nominated to lead the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, on Thursday defended his private sector experience as an asset and said he was "committed to showing no favoritism to anyone in this position."

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel logo

Kramer Levin's Partner Profits Reach Nearly $2M

By Scott Flaherty |

The 320-lawyer firm reported $353 million in gross revenue, a 6 percent increase over the $332 million that it posted in 2015. Revenue per lawyer also rose to $1.1 million.

Women Take Charge in Fox Rothschild Changing of the Guard

By Lizzy McLellan |

Fox Rothschild is installing a half-dozen new office managing partners, including in the firm's largest offices, effective April 1.

Paul Hastings sign at NYC offices

Steady Growth Name of the Game for Paul Hastings

By Meghan Tribe |

The firm, in the midst of a major revamp of its office space around the country, saw a continued increase in all major financial metrics in 2016.

Cozen Hires White & Case Litigators as Miami Growth Continues

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Cozen O'Connor's expanding Miami office has hired three additional litigators: two long-time White & Case lawyers and a third who is a law school classmate of one of the hires, and the son of the other.

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

A Quick Turnaround for a Morgan Lewis Lateral

By Rebecca Cohen |

Steven Witmer, an employee benefits and executive compensation partner at Ivins, Phillips & Barker, has returned to the firm’s Los Angeles office after joining Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in a three-partner lateral move in January. Two of the partners that moved with him have chosen to remain with Morgan Lewis in Washington, D.C.

Marc E. Kasowitz.

Judge Disqualifies Kasowitz and DLA Piper in Contract Dispute, Citing Conflicts of Interest for Both Sides

By Scott Flaherty |

A recent disqualification ruling found that neither Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman nor DLA Piper should be representing their respective clients in a contract dispute both sides had conflicts of interest.

4/7/12- Joe Louis fist sculpture in Detroit, Mi.

Jones Day Calls Detroit Mayor 'Political Hack' in Response to Threatened Suit

By Roy Strom |

Responding to legal threats by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Jones Day's managing partner vigorously defended the firm’s work on behalf of the Motor city and called its top elected official a "political hack."

Boies/Schiller Film Group's Suit Could Unleash Litigation Beast

By Meghan Tribe |

The film finance vehicle of Boies Schiller Flexner's David Boies and the son of a fellow co-founding partner of the firm has filed a fraud suit against a Florida investor over the 2016 film “Jane Got a Gun.”

Global Law Firms and Vereins: The End of the Affair?

By Chris Johnson |

In the inexorable march toward greater global consolidation, will law firms steer clear of the verein structure?

Husch Blackwell CEO and managing partner Gregory Smith, left, and deputy CEO Paul Eberle.

Husch Blackwell Revenue Soars, Partner Profits Slip After Merger

By Katelyn Polantz |

Last year's big merger with a Wisconsin firm translated into big revenue gains for Husch Blackwell.

L-R Jake Heller, Founder and CEO and Laura Safdie, COO and General Counsel, Casetext.

$12M Casetext Investment Underscores Am Law Interest in AI Technology

By Ian Lopez |

A recent investment in artificial intelligence-enabled legal research technology signals law firm acceptance and adoption of such technology.

GSK Faces Familiar Foe in Ex-Reed Smith Partner's Suicide Trial

By Roy Strom |

Psychiatrist David Healy has railed against GlaxoSmithKline and other pharmaceutical firms' clinical studies for years. Despite GSK's lawyers' best efforts, he did so again in Chicago this week as an expert in a trial over the 2010 suicide of a former Reed Smith practice leader.

Dentons Enters Tbilisi as DLA Piper's Europe Exits Continue

By Rose Walker |

DLA Piper is pulling out of the former Soviet republic of Georgia, with rival global legal giant Dentons poised to take on all of the firm's 11 lawyers in Tbilisi.

Dale Jefferson.

Houston Lawyer Admits Mistake, Tells Client He Can 'Sue My Law Firm For Legal Malpractice'

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A Louisiana man, injured in an offshore platform accident in 2014, seeks more than $1 million from Houston plaintiffs firm and two lawyers.

Alston & Bird opens new San Francisco office. L-R Bo Phillips, Jeff Tsai, Teresa Bonder and Michael Agoglia.

Alston Raids Reed Smith, MoFo for New San Francisco Office

By Meredith Hobbs |

Atlanta-based Alston & Bird has scooped up financial services litigator Michael Agoglia from Morrison & Foerster and a seven-lawyer class action defense team led by Robert "Bo" Phillips Jr. from Reed Smith to open a San Francisco office and expand its Los Angeles office.

FILE - In this July 17, 2016 file photo, Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland as Rick Gates listens at back left. Emails obtained by The Associated Press shed new light on the activities of a firm run by Donald Trump’s campaign chairman. They show it directly orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine’s ruling political party, attempting to sway American public opinion in favor of the country’s pro-Russian government. Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, never disclosed their work as foreign agents as required under federal law. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Manafort Probes Put Skadden's Ukraine Work in Spotlight

By Brian Baxter |

Paul Manafort Jr., a lawyer and former top campaign adviser to President Donald Trump, is once again in the spotlight. Hacked text messages involving one of his children, an ex-associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, are revealing more details about his work in Ukraine and the firm's role for one of his key clients.

McDermott, Reed Smith Recruit Fund Formation Partners

By Meghan Tribe |

A pair of investment funds partners are on the move in New York. McDermott Will & Emery has hired Fried Frank partner Ian Schwartz to head its investment funds group, while Reed Smith added King & Wood Mallesons partner Parik Dasgupta, an international investment funds pro who re-joins dozens of former colleagues at the firm.

Arent Fox office in Washington, D.C.

Arent Fox Joins Millionaires' Club in Partner Profits

By Katelyn Polantz |

Arent Fox has kept up a growth streak that few other Big Law firms can match.

In a First, Major UK Client Says No to Paying for Junior Lawyers

By Anna Ward and Alex Berry |

Deutsche Bank's decision not to pay newly qualified lawyers in London is the first apparent instance of a U.K. client adopting the trend long seen in the United States.

Israel Practice Leader Moves to Holland & Knight from Greenberg Traurig

By Staff report |

Meital Stavinsky joins Holland & Knight as co-chair of its Israel practice.

Mark Kelly of Vinson & Elkins.

Vinson & Elkins Has 'Best Year Ever' in 2016, Reports Record Financial Results

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The Houston-based firm's profits per partner exceeded the $2 million mark in 2016.

Ailing Energy Industry Still Pumping Bankruptcy Fees Into Big Law

By Brian Baxter |

Saul Ewing, Skadden, Morgan Lewis and Morrison & Foerster have landed roles on the latest batch of big bankruptcies in the oil and gas sector. The prolonged economic slump in the energy industry also has other firms on the opposite side of the Chapter 11 ledger.

Berlin, Germany

DLA Piper to Close Berlin Base in April

By Rose Walker |

The global legal giant will close its small office in Berlin on April 3 after a team departs for British firm DWF.

Bill Brooks.

Menlo Park Startup Plays Matchmaker to GCs and Outside Counsel

By David Ruiz |

A Menlo Park company is trying to find a better way to bring GCs and outside counsel together, but some GCs remain reluctant about the idea.

Morrison & Foerster's Washington, D.C. offices. July 23, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

MoFo's Financials Took a Dip in 2016

By Rebecca Cohen |

After ticking upward in 2015, Morrison & Foerster saw its financial performance slide last year. Gross revenue at the firm fell 3.5 percent, to $945 million, as revenue per lawyer and profits per partner also dropped to $990,000 and $1.41 million, respectively.

Deal Watch: Skadden in Driver's Seat for Mobileye, Us Weekly Sales

By Meghan Tribe |

It was another big deal week for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which scored roles on Intel’s $15.3 billion acquisition of self-driving company Mobileye NV and Wenner Media on its $100 million sale of Us Weekly to American Media Inc., owner of the National Inquirer.

Southern Methodist, Stanford, Texas A&M, Cardozo, UC Hastings, University of North Carolina, Vanderbilit, UC Irvine, University of Berkeley

The 'Trump Bump' for Law Schools Is (Kind of) a Thing

By Karen Sloan |

Admissions officials who have seen an increase say that a Trump effect is contributing to greater interest in the law, from both his supporters and those who oppose his policies.

GlaxoSmithKline headquaters.

Bad Drugs or Big Law Stress? Jury to Decide in Reed Smith Partner's Suicide

By Roy Strom |

Stewart Dolin, a leader of Reed Smith’s corporate department, committed suicide in 2010. His widow seeks $12 million for his death, alleging it was the result of an antidepressant whose suicidal side effects were covered up by GlaxoSmithKline. The pharmaceutical giant claims that Dolin’s death was the result of an unpleasant work environment.

Convicted fraudster and alleged mafia associate Salvatore Pelullo, whose history as a client of Eizen, FIneburg & McCarthy indirectly ushered in the firm's demise.

How Criminal Charges Collided With Partner Loyalty at One Philly Firm

By Lizzy McLellan |

A close partnership, a mob trial, and the anatomy of a breakup for Eizen, Fineburg & McCarthy.


Two More Big Firms Prepare to Get Flexible

By Meghan Tribe |

A pair of legal giants—Baker McKenzie and Jackson Lewis—are joining the rush of Am Law 100 firms touting programs that permit their employees to work from home, while also presumably helping their employers shed some costly office space in the future.

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

Dewey Witness Says He Didn't Discuss Accounting Moves with Former Exec DiCarmine

By Scott Flaherty |

A key witness in the criminal retrial over the collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf told a New York jury Friday that he never discussed improper accounting adjustments with former Dewey executive director Stephen DiCarmine.

Nelson Mullins LA-Bound in Bid For More Big Auto Work

By Rebecca Cohen |

The South Carolina-based firm has opened an office in Gardena, California, a city just south of downtown Los Angeles, after hiring a new local managing partner in Richard Otera, most recently general counsel at Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. Three other partners have also joined the firm’s first outpost on the West Coast.

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

Kirkland, Prodded By Caterpillar, Confirms Bill Barr's Return

By Brian Baxter |

William Barr, a former U.S. attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, has returned to Kirkland & Ellis as of counsel in Washington, D.C. The move was not announced by Kirkland, but Caterpillar Inc., which recently hired Barr and the firm to advise it in an investigation.

The Results Don't Lie: Mattern & Associates Cost Recovery Survey 2016

By Rob Mattern |

2017 has arrived with a bang: expenses are back on the rise and demand growth is trending negative. Last year in the March issue of this publication, we hypothesized what the results of the 2016 Mattern & Associates Cost Recovery Survey would reveal. With the results tabulated, let's see how accurate our predictions were as well as analyze the results.

William P. Gelnaw Jr., left, and Charles A. Cheever

Choate Posts Record Revenue, Profit After 5th Consecutive Year of Growth

By Chris Johnson |

Choate Hall & Stewart reported record-high revenue and profit in 2016 and its revenue per lawyer is now among the highest of any law firm based in the U.S.

Survey Finds Midsized LA Firms Just Looking For Right Fit

By Rebecca Cohen |

Nearly nine out of 10 midsized Los Angeles law firms were approached in the past year by another firm looking to merge, according to a survey by legal consultancy the Zeughauser Group. Almost half of those firms are open to the possibility of a combination.

John Langel of Ballard Spahr. HANDOUT.

Ballard Spahr, Faegre Baker Faceoff Over Women's Hockey

By Meghan Tribe |

The two Am Law 100 firms are advising separate sides of a dispute over wages between the U.S. women’s national hockey team and USA Hockey Inc. ahead of a major tournament later this month.

Dewey & LeBoeuf's former offices in Manhattan.

Lawyers for Dewey Defendants Question Prosecutors' Deal with Key Witness

By Scott Flaherty |

As the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal retrial continued Thursday, a lawyer for former Dewey chief financial officer Joel Sanders pressed a key witness about changes to his cooperation and plea agreement after an earlier trial ended with a hung jury in 2015.

Jeffrey Melcher, Atlanta.

Wilson Elser Enters Atlanta With Defense Litigation Focus

By Meredith Hobbs |

Fast-growing Wilson Elser has opened an Atlanta office—its first in the Southeast—with a six-lawyer team from Gordon & Rees led by Jeffrey Melcher.

Joshua Holt, at Goodwin Procter.

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's 'Biglaw Investor' to Associates' Rescue

By Leigh Jones |

This Big Law associate is a mysterious blogger on a mission to prevent young lawyers from falling prey to their own lousy money management.

Jones Day's Munich office

VW Defends Jones Day After German Prosecutors' Raid

By Brian Baxter |

Jones Day, a firm with close ties to the current U.S. president, saw its offices in Germany raided Wednesday by local prosecutors investigating its client, Volkswagen AG, as part of a probe into an emissions software scandal at the auto giant.

When it Comes to Law Firm Clients, Metrics Matter More Than You Think

By Ian Lopez |

Evolve Law CEO Mary Juetten explained at the ABA Tech Show how law firms can employ metrics in improving their client services.

Left to right: Woody Allen, Eleanor Alter and Mia Farrow.

So You Want to Be a Hot-Shot Divorce Lawyer

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

If anyone knows what it takes to be a successful divorce lawyer it's Eleanor Alter.

Duane Morris Grows Revenue 4.6 Percent, PPP 4.4 Percent

By Lizzy McLellan |

Even with cost-conscious clients keeping industrywide demand in check, Duane Morris edged forward in 2016, hitting new highs for revenue and profits per equity partner.

Waymo driverless vehicle.

Quinn, MoFo Already Crossing Swords in Driverless Car Case

By Ben Hancock |

After lawyers for Alphabet Inc. subsidiary Waymo balk at providing confidential documents, Judge William Alsup promises to vet an Uber in-house attorney for access.

Arent Fox Partner Convicted of Insider Trading

By Brian Baxter |

Robert Schulman, who joined the firm in 2015 from Hunton & Williams, has been convicted of insider trading in New York for passing on a tip related to Pfizer Inc.'s $3.6 billion acquisition of King Pharmaceuticals Inc.


Baker & Hostetler Bags Manatt Practice Leader

By Meghan Tribe |

Linda Goldstein, the former head of the advertising, marketing and new media practice at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, has left the firm's New York office for Baker & Hostetler. She brings with her Manatt partner Holly Melton.

Dentons Signage in Atlanta.

Dentons Trims Ranks on Both Sides of the Atlantic

By James Booth |

The global legal giant, having just absorbed firms in Costa Rica and the Netherlands, is slashing 60 jobs in the U.S. and up to five lawyer jobs in the U.K. in order to streamline its operations.

U.S. Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. June 10, 2016. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Sullivan & Cromwell's Brent McIntosh Is Picked for Treasury GC

By C. Ryan Barber and Mike Scarcella |

Brent McIntosh, co-leader of Sullivan & Cromwell's cybersecurity practice, was nominated on Tuesday to lead the U.S. Treasury Department's general counsel office. McIntosh joins a team of other attorneys from the firm who have taken or been nominated for key posts in the Trump administration.

Client Data in the Age of Digital Technologies and Cyber Warfare

By Tinamarie Feil, Law Journal Newsletters |

Ubiquitous news of law firm data breaches, even among BigLaw, spotlights a treasure trove of trade secrets, confidential and strategic transactions, and sensitive client information. No wonder law firms are perceived to be attractive targets of cyber-attacks. Attractive? You can't help that. Easy? Not so fast.

Mary Yelenick

Ex-Practice Leader Attacks Chadbourne's Origination Credit System

By Brian Baxter |

Mary Yelenick, a former chair of Chadbourne & Parke's products liability group who last month sought to join a $100 million gender discrimination case against the firm, has filed a declaration with a federal court in New York detailing her claims and criticizing the firm’s methods for compensating partners.

Chris Bogart, CEO, Burford Capital

With Profits Up 75 Percent, Burford's Results Reveal Evolving Litigation Funding Industry

By Roy Strom |

Burford Capital Ltd. announced another banner financial year Tuesday, with profit after tax rising 75 percent from the year prior as the publicly traded litigation funder committed $378 million to new investments, a yearly increase of 83 percent.

Perkins Coie Washington, D.C. offices. June 19, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Perkins Coie Posts Solid Growth in Revenue, Profits

By Scott Flaherty |

Perkins Coie posted solid financial growth in 2016, with gross revenue edging up 4.3 percent to $781 million while profits per equity partner grew by 7.3 percent to just less than $1.2 million.

Robert Leung

Paul Hastings to Pick Up Boies Schiller Corporate Group

By Meghan Tribe |

Boies Schiller Flexner, in the process of winding down its corporate practice, will see the bulk of those lawyers head to Paul Hastings in New York.

David Sergenian and John Pierce, of Pierce Sergenian.

Kirkland, Quinn Emanuel Litigators Join New LA Boutique

By Rebecca Cohen |

Pierce Sergenian, a Los Angeles-based firm formed in January by John Pierce, a short-lived litigation leader at K&L Gates, is expanding by hiring a Kirkland & Ellis partner and an of counsel from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.

 Dewey & LeBoeuf sign

Dewey Finance Chief Says Firm Used ‘False’ Accounting to Mask Shortfalls

By Scott Flaherty |

Former Dewey & LeBoeuf finance director Francis Canellas, a key witness in the long-running criminal case over the firm's collapse, told a New York jury on Monday that the now-defunct firm failed to tell lenders about its struggles to pay vendors and partners in the years before its 2012 bankruptcy.

Burford Capital New York Office.

Litigation Funder Burford Poised to Cash in From First-Ever Bankruptcy Deal

By Roy Strom |

In the first deal of its kind, Burford Capital Ltd. is poised to make a 91 percent return on its $26 million purchase of a portion of a bankruptcy judgment. Burford will likely collect $50 million after an appeals court affirmed the $213 million judgment the litigation funder bought into.

DLA Piper's Revenue Falls on Post-Brexit Currency Slump, but New Approach Sees Profits Rise

By Chris Johnson |

The decline in gross revenue was caused entirely by currency exchange rates and did not reflect what the firm called a "very solid" year.

Neal Katyal of Hogan Lovells. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Hogan Lovells Publishes Docs Online in Hawaii’s Trump Travel Ban Challenge

By Ian Lopez |

Hogan Lovells’ Neal Katyal, counsel to Hawaii in the case, says “We want everyone to be able to read our work.”

McDermott to Close Rome Office, With Layoffs to Follow

By Rose Walker |

The Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm will shutter its outpost in Rome later this year, a decision that will likely result in the loss of 38 jobs, including 17 lawyers, eight of whom are partners.

Deal Watch: Skadden Basks in SunEdison's Bankruptcy Glow

By Brian Baxter |

Skadden, which has billed SunEdison Inc. for more than $38.4 million in legal fees and expenses since the start of the solar energy giant’s Chapter 11 case last year, is advising the company on the $1.41 billion sale of two key subsidiaries. The firm is also advising a major Hollywood talent agency on another notable deal.

Big Law Heads Home—But Will It Work For You?

By Meghan Tribe |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius recently announced the implementation of a new policy allowing some of its associates in the U.S. and U.K. to work from home. Other large law firms have similar programs, and while they have been credited for improving workplace morale, some lawyers would be well-served to heed potential red flags.

Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Fired After Refusing to Resign

By Mark Hamblett |

Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is out of a job. Bharara, who was told he would keep his position during a meeting with the President-elect at Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan in November, announced via his personal Twitter account that he was fired just before 3 p.m. Saturday. "I did not resign," he said in the tweet. "Moments ago, I was fired. Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life."

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

Dewey & LeBoeuf Witness Describes Tightening Noose as Audits Loomed

By Scott Flaherty |

A key witness in criminal case over the 2012 collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf testified Friday that he facilitated improper accounting adjustments and took steps to hide them from auditors after discussing the adjustments with former Dewey CFO Joel Sanders.

Is Your Firm's Partner Comp Spread Too Narrow?

By Hugh A. Simons |

A case for why firms should increase their partner compensation spreads and how they can go about doing it.

More Companies Consolidate Outside Legal Work: LexisNexis Report

By Rebekah Mintzer |

A trend in which legal departments are cutting the number of law firms that handle outside legal work does not appear to be slowing, according to a new study.


O'Melveny & Myers Reports Strong Revenue and Income Growth in 2016

By Anna Zhang |

In Asia, the 648-lawyer firm saw several departures across offices last year, but chair Brad Butwin says his firm remains committed to the region.

Marci Eisenstein of Schiff Hardin. HANDOUT.

After Partner Split, Schiff Hardin's Revenue Tumbles

By Roy Strom |

A traumatic departure of more than 20 partners and a $32 million contingent fee earned in 2015 conspired to send gross revenue plummeting to $222 million at Schiff Hardin last year.

Legal Services Corporation offices at 3333 K Street, N.W. in Washington, D.C. March 18, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

More Than 150 Law Firm Leaders Urge Govt to Continue Funding of Legal Services

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A group of more than 150 leaders of U.S. firms sent a letter today to the Office of Management and Budget, asking for continued funding for the Legal Services Corp.

Travis LeBlanc

Boies Schiller Bags Another Ex-Obama Lawyer in Palo Alto

By Meghan Tribe |

The firm landed Travis LeBlanc, a former chief of the FCC's enforcement bureau, as a partner in Washington, D.C., and Palo Alto, California, where Boies Schiller Flexner has also hired Kathleen Hartnett, another ex-government lawyer who spent the past five years handling some controversial matters in the Obama administration.

Hurry! Send Your Resume to the White House!

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

I am truly sorry that so much of the news and gossip, even in our little world of law, is about Donald Trump.

Mayer Brown's Washington, D.C. offices

Revenue Up, But Head Count Growth Stalls Other Mayer Brown Metrics

By Roy Strom |

Mayer Brown's gross revenue inched up in 2016, to $1.26 billion, while its lawyer ranks ballooned 5.2 percent. The firm's equity partnership also grew by 3.1 percent last year.

Former Dewey & LeBoeuf finance director Francis Canellas outside the firm's Manhattan offices in May 2012.

A Star Witness Returns for Dewey & LeBoeuf Retrial

By Scott Flaherty |

Testimony from star witness Francis Canellas wasn’t enough to secure convictions against Dewey's leaders in 2015. Will prosecutors fare better this time?

Orrick in San Francisco

Amid Hiring Spree, An Up-and-Down Year at Orrick

By Rebecca Cohen |

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe saw its head count rise in 2016, although the size of its equity partnership fell. The mixed bag extended to the firm's financials, as gross revenue grew, although profits per partner and revenue per lawyer both declined.

Jenner & Block's Washington, D.C. offices.

Jenner & Block Sees End to Two-Year Bull Run

By Roy Strom |

The Chicago-based firm, well-known for its commitment to pro bono work, saw its financial performance level off in 2016 as gross revenue dipped and head count spiked following three years of strong financial growth.

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

Jay Clayton, SEC Chair Nominee, Pulled in $7M From Sullivan & Cromwell Last Year

By C. Ryan Barber |

Benefitting from a client roster that includes big banks, British Airways and Volkswagen AG, longtime Sullivan & Cromwell partner Jay Clayton raked in $7.6 million in the year leading up to his nomination to lead the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Isaac Lidsky, corporate speaker, author, entrepreneur and the only blind person to serve as a law clerk for the U.S. Supreme Court

With ‘Eyes Wide Open,’ Blind Lawyer Recounts SCOTUS Clerkship, Unhappy Law Firm Life

By Tony Mauro |

Isaac Lidsky, who in 2008 became the first blind U.S. Supreme Court law clerk, writes in a new memoir that working for a Big Law firm after his clerkship felt like trading in a “legal joyride” for a job as a corporate chauffeur.

Steven Katzman, attorney with Katzman Wasserman Bennardini & Rubinstein.

Greenberg Traurig Settles Malpractice Suit At Close of Trial

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Greenberg is last of four law firms to settle a legal malpractice suit filed in 2009 by Dyadic International.

Three Firms Admit to Overbilling, Agree to Pay $2M for Probe of Bills

By Scott Flaherty |

Judge appoints retired federal judge to conduct probe of fee requests from Labaton Sucharow, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstien and Thornton Law Firm.

Steep Losses Gripped Kaye Scholer Before Arnold & Porter Merger

By Christine Simmons |

Kaye Scholer's financial performance took a remarkable beating in its last year as an independent law firm. But managing partner Michael Solow called the 2016 declines a natural result of strategic pruning ahead of the firm's merger with Arnold & Porter at year's end.

Pepper Hamilton

Pepper Hamilton Forms Health Sciences Department, With Gussack as Chair

By Zack Needles |

Pepper Hamilton has announced the creation of a health sciences department, bringing together more than 110 attorneys from its health effects litigation, health care, life sciences, intellectual property and white-collar/government investigations practices with the goal of better serving its clients in the health sciences industry.

John W. Weeks Bridge with clock tower over Charles River in Harvard University campus Boston

Harvard Becomes Second Law School to Accept GRE for Admission

By Karen Sloan |

Starting in the fall, it will permit applicants to use the test as an alternative to the LSAT.

David Greenwald

Fried Frank's Revenue, Profit Hit Record Highs After 'Best Ever' Year

By Chris Johnson |

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson had what global chair David Greenwald described as its best ever year in 2016, with the firm posting record numbers across all key metrics.

Seyfarth Shaw

Seyfarth Grows Revenue, Profits as Lean Investment Pays Off

By Roy Strom |

A larger Seyfarth Shaw was able to grow its top and bottom lines in 2016, as gross revenue rose nearly 6 percent, to $623.5 million, while profits per partner bumped up nearly 3 percent, to $1.05 million.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman's Washington, D.C. offices at 1200 17th St. NW. December 8, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Pillsbury's Financials Rebound, But Firm Leader Wants More

By Rebecca Cohen |

The firm, having broken off merger talks with Chadbourne & Parke more than a year ago, saw improvement in several key financial metrics in 2016. While the number of equity partners dropped at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, the firm saw gains in gross revenue, partner profits and revenue per lawyer.

'There are enough ambitious men around' - female practice heads on making it to the top

By Anna Ward |

Despite efforts to boost diversity, men still outnumber women more than five to one when it comes to running global practices at the UK’s top law firms. Here, Legal Week speaks to some of those who have made it about how they achieved success, the reality of their roles and their advice to the next generation.

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

Ropes & Gray to Shed Lawyers, Retreat From Patent Work in Firm Shakeup

By Brian Baxter |

About 100 lawyers and staffers are poised to leave Ropes & Gray within the next few months as the Boston-based Am Law 100 firm prepares to spin-off its patent prosecution practice into an independent firm.

Jones Day's Noel J. Francisco

Trump Picks Former Jones Day Partner as Solicitor General

By Tony Mauro |

Noel Francisco, a former Scalia clerk, has been the principal deputy SG since late January, and on Tuesday night the Trump White House named him as its nominee for the Senate-confirmed position

The Untold Story Behind Big Law Mergers: Revenue Slips, Costs Rise

By Roy Strom |

Attention, partners and Big Law leaders at newly formed mega-firms. Not to interrupt your post-merger glow, but a report released Wednesday by ALM Intelligence states that most major law firm combinations since 2000 have not resulted in significant growth.

Morrison & Foerster's Washington, D.C. offices. July 23, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

MoFo Nabs Ex-Obama National Security Adviser

By Meghan Tribe |

Morrison & Foerster has hired David Newman, a former associate counsel on the National Security Council, as of counsel for its national security, global risk, and crisis management practice in New York. Newman is the latest former member of the Obama administration to join MoFo this year.

David Einhorn.

Scarinci Hollenbeck Hires 3 Attorneys in NY for Its Growing Technology and IP Practice

By Scott Flaherty |

Two of the new hires come from Baker & Hostetler, where they specialized in IP.

Sherri Simpson.

Meet the Florida Lawyer Trying to Block Trump U Settlement

By Amanda Bronstad |

A Fort Lauderdale bankruptcy attorney who appeared in political ads opposing Donald Trump wants the right to opt out of the settlement deal.

Jones Day's Gregory Katsas.

Trump's White House Counsel Buildup Draws From Large Firms, Government Agencies

By Cogan Schneier |

The White House announced the addition of 26 new attorneys, 11 of whom came from major firms.

Blank Rome Boosts Revenue 22 Percent Amid Major Growth Spurt

By Lizzy McLellan |

Blank Rome hit the accelerator in 2016, posting big revenue gains as it added more than 100 lawyers from a failing firm and lured lateral hires from several competitors.

Sanjay Singh, Laurent Wiesel, Matteo Balzarini – the team behind Justly.

From Big Law to Big Business: Former McGuireWoods Attorney Talks Becoming a Tech Entrepreneur

By Ian Lopez |

A former McGuireWoods associate is betting he can help legal operations departments make predictions on litigation and spend.

Santa Monica, CA.

Orrick Sets Up Shop in Santa Monica's Silicon Beach

By Rebecca Cohen |

Days after Snap Inc.'s nearly $3.5 billion initial public offering, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is heading to Santa Monica, where Snapchat's parent company is based.

Mitchell Zuklie, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe chairman

Spotlight: Orrick Overhauls Asia Strategy After Partner Exodus

By Anna Zhang |

Orrick lost almost its entire Hong Kong capital markets and corporate practice, which it built up over 11 years, to Morgan Lewis. What will the San Francisco-based firm do now?

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

USPTO Suspends Former Niro Junior IP Attorney for 18 Months

By Scott Flaherty |

Former Niro lawyer David Mahalek represented Intellect Wireless, which was found to have misled the PTO to obtain its patents related to displaying caller ID on wireless phones.

C. Allen Parker, Cravath, Swaine & Moore partner

Cravath Partner Allen Parker Is Named Wells Fargo GC

By C. Ryan Barber |

C. Allen Parker, a Cravath, Swaine & Moore partner in New York who has long represented big banks on corporate matters, was named Monday the next top lawyer for Wells Fargo & Co.

Washington, D.C.

Revolving Door Goes Into Overdrive as Munger, Others Raid Federal Agencies

By Katelyn Polantz |

It was another day of musical chairs in the capital, with Donald Verrilli bringing another Jenner & Block alum to Munger Tolles, King & Spalding picking up an ex-Florida congressman, a colleague of Sally Yates landing at Linklaters, and the EPA's top lawyer joining Gibson Dunn.

Greenberg Traurig Makes Steady Gains in 2016

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The firm plans to concentrate on efficiency and profitability in 2017.

Bill Jones, a partner with Barnes & Thornburg in Dallas and Washington, D.C.

Barnes & Thornburg Gets Energy Boost as Rick Perry's Ex-GC Joins in Texas, DC

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Bill Jones, former general counsel to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, has joined Barnes & Thornburg in Dallas and Washington, D.C., as a partner in the government services and finance department.

Deal Watch: SoftBank's Spending Spree Keeps Lawyers Busy

By Meghan Tribe |

Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp. has continued its frenetic deal pace, brokering a $13 billion merger between satellite operators, investing $3 billion in office-sharing startup WeWork and taking part in a $500 million fundraising round by online lender Social Finance. Morrison & Foerster, a longtime legal adviser to SoftBank, is close behind.

McGuireWoods' Bay Area Base Makes More Hires

By Rebecca Cohen |

The Richmond, Virginia-based firm, which opened its San Francisco office last year, has hired Chapman and Cutler’s local office leader Peter Szurley. The banking and financial services expert brings with him three other partners.

Reception area of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo..102809

Mintz Levin Hires Longtime Herrick Partner

By Brian Baxter |

Christopher Sullivan, a former co-chair of the litigation group and executive committee member at Herrick, Feinstein, has joined Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo as a partner in its national litigation practice in New York. His move comes amid merger talks between Herrick and Crowell & Moring.

Reid Wilson, left, and Tony Marre, right.

An Aging Wilson Cribbs and Goren Planned Ahead for a New Generation at the Helm

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

The story of how the Houston-based law firm was able to pass the mantle to a new generation demonstrates how aging firms can successfully plan for their future.

Covington Pays to End 3M Conflicts Row

By Scott Flaherty |

The deal puts an end to an unusually high-profile clash between a Fortune 100 client and its onetime law firm.

Kevin Kinsella, Avalon Ventures

JAMS Loses Bid to Avoid Trial on Resume-Padding Charges

By Ben Hancock |

A judge Friday ruled JAMS was not entitled judicial immunity or litigation privilege in an attempt to avoid trial.

How Two Big-Name Plaintiffs Lawyers Became Rivals Over NCAA Concussion Cases

By Amanda Bronstad |

Jay Edelson, the charismatic founder of Chicago’s Edelson PC, and Steve Berman, co-founder of Seattle-based plaintiffs powerhouse Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, saw different paths for the litigation—and different price tags for settlement.

Kate McKinnon as Kellyanne Conway on

Kellyanne: Victim of Sexism?

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

The counselor to the president isn't getting a fair shake.

Jerry Falwell Jr. at Liberty University's convocation in Lynchburg, Va., on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015.

Marginal Law Schools—But Not Students—Could See Savior in Falwell

By Steven J. Harper |

Any progress that the Obama administration made to increase accountability in higher education seems destined for Trump’s dustbin.

Paris, France

Ogletree Adds Paris Office as Employment Firms Expand Global Reach

By Meredith Hobbs |

Labor and employment giants Ogletree and Littler are pursuing different growth strategies, but both involve heavy bets on Europe.


Latham Lands Former Wilson Sonsini Co-Managing Partner

By Rebecca Cohen |

John “Jack” Sheridan, a former co-managing partner of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, is joining Latham & Watkins as a corporate partner in the firm’s emerging companies practice in Silicon Valley.

Andrew Smulian, chairman and CEO of Akerman.

Akerman Reports Continued Growth in Revenue and Adds Lawyers

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Akerman, one of Florida's largest law firms, added 33 lawyers to its national total last year and lifted revenues to an all-time high of $349 million.

Dewey Leboeuf office at 1305 Avenue of the Americas..May 8, 2012

Ex-Dewey Partner, Covington Counsel Dies in High-Rise Fall

By Brian Baxter |

Kenneth Freeling, a former Dewey & LeBoeuf partner who became of counsel at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., died Thursday in New York. He was 59.

Andrew Glincher of Nixon Peabody.

Nixon Peabody's Profit Pie Continues to Grow

By Meghan Tribe |

While gross revenue remained flat at Nixon Peabody in 2016, profits per partner and revenue per lawyer continued to grow at the firm, which has its roots in Boston and Rochester, New York.

Finance Team Leaves Jones Day as Holland & Knight Bets on Atlanta

By Meredith Hobbs |

Holland & Knight has landed a four-partner team of commercial lending lawyers from Jones Day, led by Cindy Brazell, in a push to expand both its Atlanta office and its national finance practice.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA/USA - APRIL 10, 2016: BCBG Max Azria retail store exterior. BCBG Max Azria is a global fashion house based in Los Angeles.

Kirkland Latest Firm to Bag Bankruptcy Role From Ailing Retailers

By Meghan Tribe and Brian Baxter |

BCBG Max Azria Group LLC, a high-end women's fashion house struggling with $685 million in debt, has retained Kirkland & Ellis for a bankruptcy filing in New York. The company, which owes more than $781,000 to Winston & Strawn, is the latest retailer to go bust this year.

Henry Weissman, with Munger, Tolles & Olson.

Resolution of Key Matters Causes Profit Dip at Munger Tolles

By Rebecca Cohen |

The Los Angeles-based firm saw declines in several key financial metrics in 2016, as gross revenue, partner profits and revenue per lawyer fell for the second straight year. Despite some big name lateral hires, Munger, Tolles & Olson’s head count also slipped below 200.

Paris, France

Reed Smith Hires 8 Lawyers from Winston & Strawn in Paris

By Rose Walker, Legal Week |

On the heels of Reed Smith's 50-lawyer King & Wood Mallesons acquisition in Europe, the firm has added eight lawyers from Winston & Strawn in Paris.

Snapchat APP on a phone.

Snap This—Cooley Snags Nearly $2M in Snapchat IPO Fees

By Brian Baxter |

Shares of Snap Inc., the parent company of photo-sharing and ephemeral messaging service Snapchat, surged in their market debut Thursday. Cooley has taken the lead for the company on its initial public offering, one that values the company at $33 billion. The firm holds shares now worth some $11.7 million.

U.S. Supreme Court building

In Shift, More SCOTUS Clerks Seek Jobs Outside the Beltway

By Tony Mauro |

Almost half of the 39 clerks from last term are now working outside Washington, D.C. Possible explanations include greater interest by New York firms, the draw of returning to home, saturation of the D.C. market, and even the 2016 presidential election.

How to Transform Your Rainmakers Into Social Media Rock Stars

By Spencer X. Smith |

I used to be a very, very minor rock star. Despite my distinct lack of talent as a drummer, our band, Myopic Son, had the opportunity to play Summerfest (the World’s Largest Music Festival in Milwaukee, WI), dozens of colleges, and hundreds of other gigs.

Seattle University School of Law student Tarra Simmons

First Prison, Then a Skadden Fellowship

By Morgan Montgomery |

As Seattle University School of Law's first-ever Skadden Fellow, Tarra Simmons enrolled in a J.D. program after a 20-month stint in prison for drug offenses.

Melbourne, Australia

Court Imposes Restrictions on Ex-Herbert Smith Freehills Partners Poached by White & Case in Australia

By Anna Zhang, Asian Lawyer, with Legal Week Staff |

Eight partners who quit Herbert Smith Freehills last year to launch White & Case’s new Australia practice will be unable to solicit clients or staff from their former firm until September, according to a decision handed down in the Australian courts earlier today.

Victor Barkalov, chief digital officer at Jackson Lewis.

Jackson Lewis’ Chief Digital Officer on Carving a Place for Technology in the Firm

By Ian Lopez |

Fulfilling the newly-created chief digital officer role at Jackson Lewis, Victor Barkalov chats leveraging IT for legal services.

Therese Pritchard

Bryan Cave's Revenue Dips Again, But PPP and RPL Rise

By Meghan Tribe |

The Am Law 100 firm, having entertained a number of potential mergers in recent years, saw its gross revenue slip for the third year in a row in 2016. But Bryan Cave's other financial metrics were up.

Never Too Late: In Two Separate Deals, Chicago and New York Firms Combine

By Roy Strom |

The route between Chicago and New York is well-trod territory for many Big Law lawyers, with firms from one metropolis finding a way into the other for decades. Add two more to the pile.

Leigh Sprague

Take Leigh Sprague's Advice: Don't Be Like Leigh Sprague

By Nell Gluckman |

After serving time for stealing $10 million from a Russian oligarch, can a former Big Law associate use his story to keep other lawyers from going astray?

Miguel Estrada of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. HANDOUT.

Miguel Estrada: 'I Would Never' Accept Appointment as Solicitor General

By Tony Mauro |

With a dig at NY Senator Chuck Schumer, the Gibson Dunn partner torpedoed suggestions that he was in the running to be the next U.S. solicitor general.

Gibson Dunn Raids Latham for New Houston Office

By Brian Baxter and Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Michael Darden, chair of the oil and gas transactions group and co-chair of the oil and gas industry team at Latham & Watkins, is headed to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's new office in Houston. Gibson Dunn confirmed in February that it would hire eight oil and gas partners in the city, but declined to name them.

Phil Ivey.

US Poker Star Takes $10M Cheating Lawsuit to UK Supreme Court

By Chris Johnson |

Phil Ivey has been granted permission by the U.K. Supreme Court to challenge a decision by the Court of Appeal.

Karen Dunn and Hillary Clinton

Loss, Hope and What She Wore

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

If the election had turned out differently, Karen Dunn wouldn't be sitting at her desk at Boies Schiller Flexner in Washington. She'd be somewhere in the West Wing, at the red-hot center of the presidency.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida.

US Attorney Ferrer Jumps to Holland & Knight

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Wifredo Ferrer is switching sides in the war on crime, leaving the U.S. attorney's office to join the law firm's white-collar defense practice.

Gina Betts.

Dorsey & Whitney Adds 10 More Lawyers in Dallas

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A total of 10 of counsel and associates join five partners, all from Schiff Hardin, at Dorsey & Whitney's new Dallas office.

Gibson Dunn Continues Two Decades of Growth, With Revenue Surpassing $1.6B in 2016

By Scott Flaherty |

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher also posted profits per partner of $3.27 million and net income of $977.5 million.


Baker & Hostetler's Revenue Rises After Partnership Restructuring

By Roy Strom |

Still making money from the wind-down of Bernard Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme, Baker & Hostetler saw gross revenue increase slightly in 2016, the first year after the firm moved to an all-equity partnership model.

Richard Dickson, Fenwick & West chair

Fenwick & West's Financial Success Slows in 2016

By Rebecca Cohen |

The Silicon Valley stalwart pulled in $361.5 million in gross revenue last year, a slight dip from the 11.2 percent surge that saw Fenwick & West's turnover hit $363.5 million in 2015.

Chadbourne & Parke at 1301 6th Ave, NYC

Another Ex-Partner Targets Chadbourne in Sex Bias Case

By Brian Baxter |

As it prepares to merge with Norton Rose Fulbright, Chadbourne & Parke is suddenly grappling with a third accuser in a $100 million gender discrimination case that's been hanging over the firm since last year.


Obermayer Rebmann Can't Dodge Associate's Suit Over Bonuses

By Lizzy McLellan |

A judge has refused to throw out key claims in a lawsuit accusing Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel of cheating on associate bonuses, though the case has been whittled down.

Summer Associate Hiring Was Flat in 2016

By Karen Sloan |

Two consecutive years of growth come to an end.

Miguel Estrada of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. HANDOUT.

Gibson Dunn Partner Is Next in Spotlight as Possible Solicitor General

By Tony Mauro |

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner Miguel Estrada, who has argued 22 cases before the high court, is the latest in a series of lawyers rumored to have a lock on the SG post.

Lawyers Are Ignoring A Vital Business Development Tool

By Pamela Woldow |

When we teach and discuss Legal Project Management (LPM), we stress that the last of LPM's five basic steps, Post Project Review, not only is every bit as essential as the first four steps, it can be an extraordinarily powerful business development lever, as well.

Cooley Snags Stroock’s Private Equity Leader

By Rebecca Cohen |

Ray LaSoya, chair of the private equity practice at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, has joined Cooley as an M&A partner in Los Angeles.

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

After Flat Year, Winston & Strawn Ratchets Up Lateral Hiring

By Roy Strom |

Winston & Strawn had a relatively stagnant financial year in 2016, as gross revenue increased slightly, to $823 million, while partner profits rose to nearly $1.83 million.

Sullivan & Cromwell Hires Former Top Justice Department Official in Washington

By Scott Flaherty |

Renata Hesse is the former acting assistant attorney general in charge of antitrust for the U.S. Justice Department.

'Don't Be a Grump' and DLA's Other Advice for Associates

By Katelyn Polantz |

DLA Piper's venture capital transactions co-chairman Jeffrey Lehrer assumed the role of D.C. managing partner with such gusto last month, and he's already briefed the firm's associates on his favorite bits of advice for lawyers.

C. Wade Cooper.

Jackson Walker Posts Big Gains in Income and Revenue

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Gross revenue improved by 11.3 percent at Dallas-based Jackson Walker in 2016, compared with 2015, and net income jumped by 26.2 percent.


Deal Watch: Paul Weiss Picks Up Popeyes Takeover Work

By Meghan Tribe |

A week after falling short on a $143 billion takeover bid for London-based Unilever plc, Scott Barshay and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison helped the "Home of the Whopper" add a new a resident from Louisiana.

Goodwin Procter Nears $1B Revenue Mark as Partner Profits Stay Flat

By Meghan Tribe |

Gross revenue at Goodwin Procter hit $912 million, but revenue per lawyer and profits per partner dipped slightly amid rising head count.

Douglas Clark of Wilson Sonsini.

Revenue Up, Profits Down at Wilson Sonsini

By Rebecca Cohen |

The firm's gross revenue ticked up 2.7 percent, but revenue per lawyer and profits per partner both declined during what managing partner Doug Clark calls "a year when we invested in the business."

Jay Edelson

Law Firm Dodges Class Claims in First-of-Its-Kind Data Security Case

By Roy Strom |

A federal judge ruled that claims against Chicago-based Johnson & Bell for allegedly failing to protect client information must proceed individually in arbitration, not lumped together as a class.

Reed Smith Revenue Down 4.3 Percent, PPP Up 0.5 Percent

By Lizzy McLellan |

In what firm leadership called a "solid" 2016, Reed Smith held profits per equity partner and revenue per lawyer steady amid declines in head count and overall revenue.

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

Hogan Lovells Boosts Revenue 6 Percent While Profits Remain Flat

By Katelyn Polantz |

The international verein felt the impact of Brexit and D.C.'s shifting regulatory tradewinds, while reaping the benefit of some strong deal work.

The Samuel Beckett of Cravath

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Remember Alan Hruska, the former Cravath, Swaine & Moore partner turned playwright, novelist and filmmaker? Recently, the 83-year-old former litigator opened his play "Ring Twice for Miranda" at City Center in New York, a highly prestigious off-Broadway venue.

Polsinelli Saw Strong Revenue Growth in 2016, But Partner Profits Dropped With Addition of 44 Lawyers

By Scott Flaherty |

Polsinelli's revenue grew, but profits per partner dropped as a result of a mass hire from IP boutique Novak Druce.

Sidley Austin offices in Washington, D.C.

Sidley Austin Fraud Suit Heads to Arbitration

By Roy Strom |

Plaintiff Carrie Birkel claims Washington, D.C.-based Sidley partner Edward McNicholas lured her into a bogus investment after she won $10 million in a divorce.

Bill Voge of Latham & Watkins

Latham Has Another Outstanding Year, With Revenue Surpassing $2.8B

By Chris Johnson |

Latham & Watkins increased its gross revenue in 2016 for a seventh consecutive year.

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett are fighting over space on the 11th floor of 1155 F St.

Brownstein, Looking to Grow in D.C., Sues Simpson Thacher, JAMS Over Real Estate

By Katelyn Polantz |

As it seeks extra space for its downtown Washington, D.C., office, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is suing Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, its landlord, and the arbitration company JAMS Inc., a new tenant, over a subleased part of its building at 1155 F St. NW.

Clifford Chance Uses Lockstep 'Super Points' to Reward Top Performers as Offices Face Profit Share Cuts

By Anna Ward |

Clifford Chance (CC) has broken its core lockstep in London and New York to use the ‘super-point’ tier reserved to reward star performers, with the news emerging as the firm considers placing some of its international offices on a lower rung of its lockstep to boost profitability.

Rear view of businessman standing and looking on top of the labyrinth wall with sea and cloudy sky background. He is searching for the right way. Digitally generated image.

‘Soft Skills’ Can Be Integral to Managing Technology Adoption for Law Firms

By Ian Lopez |

The changing workplace is always an obstacle, so law firm technologists offer their tips on managing user adoption.

Reversing Profit Decline, Covington Posts Double-Digit Growth

By Katelyn Polantz |

In 2016, Covington & Burling raised billing rates to match its competitors and reaped rewards from a long-term strategy.

Heather Gerken

Meet Heather Gerken, Yale's First Woman Law Dean

By Karen Sloan |

We caught up with the federalism and election law expert to discuss her new gig, the challenges that await, and her hobby as an amateur novelist.

Mark Sloan.

Thompson & Knight Posts Gains in Revenue and Income

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Following a strong 2015, gross revenue improved by 2.9 percent at Dallas-based Thompson & Knight in 2016, and net income increased by 3.5 percent compared with the prior year.

Betsy Miller (left) and Victoria Nugent

Betsy Miller and Victoria Nugent to lead Cohen Milstein's Public Client Practice

By Scott Flaherty |

Miller and Nugent will co-chair Cohen Milstein's public client practice, which focuses on representing state attorneys general and other government entities in litigation and investigations.

Andrew Humphrey, Faegre Baker Daniels’ managing partner.

Steady Growth for Faegre Baker as Leadership Change Looms

By Scott Flaherty |

The firm posted a 5 percent increase in gross revenue and a solid 7.5 percent bump in profits per equity partner in 2016.

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

Allen & Overy Continues US Hiring Spree With 3-Partner Paul Hastings Finance Team

By Chris Johnson |

Allen & Overy has continued its U.S. hiring spree with the recruitment of a three-partner finance and securities team from Paul Hastings, including former leveraged finance head Bill Schwitter.

Drinker Biddle & Reath offices in Washington, D.C. June 25, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Drinker Biddle Grows Revenue, PPP 6 Percent

By Lizzy McLellan |

Two years into new leadership, Drinker Biddle & Reath saw a second year of increases in revenue and profits per equity partner (PPP) in 2016.

Carter Phillips of Sidley Austin.

Sidley Keeps Revenue, Profits Rising Despite Tougher Market

By Rebecca Cohen |

The firm's growth didn't quite match recent years, but its leaders say they're not complaining.

8/08- Creighton Condon, Shearman & Sterling's senior partner

Shearman & Sterling Sees Revenue Rise and Partner Profits Spike

By Christine Simmons |

Equity partner profits jumped by nearly 20 percent last year, as the firm posted revenue growth across several practices while also cutting back its equity partner ranks.

Domino Effect: NY's Financial Cybersecurity Regulation Reaches Beyond Borders, Industries

By Rhys Dipshan |

The regulation requires any company doing business with a "covered entity" to have robust information security processes and procedures.

Dan Binstock of Garrison & Sisson.

Is Your Firm Guilty of Playing Lateral Partner Bingo?

By Dan Binstock |

In selling their firm to lateral candidates, firm leaders are often using the same pitches as their competitors. Recruiter Dan Binstock offers advice on differentiation.

Andrew Olmem.

Two Venable Partners, Including Outspoken Dodd-Frank Critic, Join Trump Team

By C. Ryan Barber |

Two Venable partners, including a former lead Republican negotiator on the post-crisis Dodd-Frank financial reforms who has called the Obama-era regulations "heavy-handed," have joined President Donald Trump's administration. Andrew Olmem, who worked on the Dodd-Frank reforms, will serve at the White House National Economic Council, and Daris Meeks was named director of domestic policy for Vice President Mike Pence.

Neel Chatterjee.

Star IP Litigator Jumps From Orrick to Goodwin

By Meghan Tribe |

Longtime Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe intellectual property partner Neel Chatterjee is joining Goodwin Procter's litigation department and intellectual property practice in its Silicon Valley office.

(Clockwise from top left) Roxanne Almaraz, David Runnels, Stuart Zisman, Cindy Lin, Jason Peters, and Darren Inoff.

King & Spalding Hires 6 Lateral Partners in Houston

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Lawyers from two big firms in Houston, Andrews Kurth Kenyon and Bracewell, move to the Houston office of King & Spalding.

(l-r) Alma Asay, Paul Saputo and Rosemarie Barnett

When Leaving Big Law, the Financial Struggle Is Real

By Leigh Jones |

With 20/20 hindsight, lawyers who strike out on their own say the sacrifices can be profound.

Philadelphia City Hall building at night

Phila. Taps Dechert, Eyes Hogan Lovells to Protect Sanctuary City Policy

By Max Mitchell |

As legal clashes over its status as a sanctuary city appear likely, Philadelphia is turning to a team of local big-law attorneys to advise it on how to handle the controversial immigration issue.

Robert Duvall playing Tom Hagen in

What? Tom Hagen Is Now at the White House?

By Vivia Chen |

Considering what's going on at the White House, is that what clients look for in their lawyers—someone who can tell them how far they can push the ethics boundaries without breaking the law?

McGuireWoods Revenue Up 4 Percent Following Lateral Additions

By Katelyn Polantz |

The firm opened an office in San Francisco last year and boosted its business with help from a 2015 lateral partner, George Terwilliger III.

(l-r) Daryl Lansdale, Peter Martyr and Andrew Giaccia.

It’s Official: Norton Rose Fulbright, Chadbourne & Parke Catch Merger Fever

By James Booth and Christine Simmons |

The year is already shaping up to be a busy one for Big Law combinations.

Paris, France.

Orrick hires four-lawyer Clifford Chance Paris team including local competition head

By Anna Ward |

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has hired four lawyers from Clifford Chance in Paris, including local competition head Patrick Hubert.

Teena Ann Sankoorikal

NY Litigation Boutique Picks Up Cravath Partner

By Christine Simmons |

In a rare loss for Cravath, Swaine & Moore, a partner is leaving the firm to join Levine Lee, a prominent litigation boutique formed six years ago by former Cravath lawyers.

Russell Munsch.

Munsch Hardt Founder Russell Munsch Dies in Plane Crash

By John Council |

Russell Munsch, who founded Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr in Dallas 31 years ago and represented a wealthy Texas oilman in one of the largest personal bankruptcies in history, died in a plane crash while on a golfing vacation in Australia.

Deal Watch: Two Big Firms Advise on Scuttled Unilever-Kraft Heinz Merger

By Brian Baxter and Meghan Tribe |

Linklaters and Paul Weiss landed lead roles on a since aborted $143 billion takeover bid for London-based Unilever plc by Pittsburgh-based Kraft Heinz Foods Co., a megamerger that would have united two of the world’s largest food companies. Two ex-Freshfields partners also took top financial roles on the ill-fated transaction.

Daniella Landers, left, and Bart Huffman, right.

Reed Smith Picks Up Four Lawyers in Houston

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

With the four new hires, which include two partners, Reed Smith has 63 lawyers in its Houston office.

Andrew Baker

Nine Norton Rose Fulbright Energy Partners Jump to Baker Botts

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

In a major lateral move in Texas, nine transactional partners who work in the energy sector have joined Baker Botts in Houston, coming from the Houston office of Norton Rose Fulbright.

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Gross Revenue, Partner Profits Rise at Cahill Gordon

By Meghan Tribe |

Cahill Gordon & Reindel, whose finances typically rise and fall with the bond markets, saw gross revenue hit $382.5 million in 2016, a nearly $20 million increase over the year before. Profits per partner at the firm remained mostly flat, as head count slipped below 300, to 296.

Brad Karp.

Paul Weiss Reaps Benefits From Star Lateral Hires

By Nell Gluckman |

The New York-based firm, having made one of 2016's most notable lateral hires in Scott Barshay, saw gross revenue rise to $1.22 billion last year, while profits per partner jumped to $4.38 million.

Donald Trump.

Cleary Gottlieb Publishes Trump 'Social Media Attack' Survival Guide

By C. Ryan Barber |

Since his election, President Donald Trump has not let go of his personal Twitter account—or his penchant for lashing out against companies on social media. That practice, unprecedented for a president in the internet age, has put companies on edge. And law firms are being called on to help corporate executives prepare for the fallout from drawing Trump's ire on Twitter. Cleary Gottlieb employed an acronym to describe the president's conduct: "SMA," for "social media attack."

Scott A. Edelman of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy.

Milbank Tweed Reports 'Outstanding' Results for 2016

By Scott Flaherty |

Marking a fourth straight year of strong financial growth, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy posted a double-digit percentage increase in gross revenue in 2016, as profits per equity partner topped $3 million.

Stephen Miller,.

Praising Stephen Miller? Seriously?

By Steven J. Harper |

Dangerous rhetoric and a president who praises it. Where are Trump’s lawyers?

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

Slow Collections Drag on Growth at Steptoe

By Katelyn Polantz |

A string of headline-grabbing cases didn't have much impact on Steptoe & Johnson's bottom line in 2016.

Jenner & Block Boosts London Office With White & Case Management Committee Member

By Chris Johnson |

Jenner & Block is bolstering its fledgling London office with the hire of Jason Yardley, a senior White & Case disputes partner and a member of the firm's global management committee.

Steven Sonberg, managing partner of Holland & Knight in Miami.

Holland & Knight Sees Strong Growth in Revenue and Income

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Holland & Knight continued to show strong growth in 2016, with an 8 percent gross revenue increase that resulted in a higher-than-projected net income of $238.5 million.

Linda Singer.

Plaintiffs Lawyers and State AGs Could Team Up More Often in Trump Era

By Scott Flaherty |

Private plaintiffs lawyers with state and local government practices could benefit from changing federal enforcement priorities that are likely to prompt state attorneys general to devote more resources to fighting consumer and financial fraud and protecting the environment. But they shouldn't expect it to open the floodgates for more work.

Foley Hoag Latest Big Firm to Fire Up Legal Weed Practice

By Meghan Tribe |

As Massachusetts goes green—the commonwealth recently legalized marijuana for recreational use—at least one big, Boston-based firm is getting into the budding industry. Foley Hoag announced this week the formation of a new practice group led by partner Kevin Conroy focusing on the legalized cannabis space.

Kevin O’Brien and Adam Ford

Boutique, Facing Two Ex-Partner Suits, Enters Talks to Settle One

By Christine Simmons |

A Manhattan criminal defense boutique facing two lawsuits by ex-partners is working toward finalizing a settlement in one, but continues to face heated allegations in the other.

Joanna Horsnail

Familiar With Life's Hurdles, Big Law Partner Seeks Partnership Track Reform

By Roy Strom |

Growing up in suburban Denver, Joanna Horsnail lived what she called a charmed life in America's solid middle class. Then she joined Mayer Brown, and life started punching back. Hard.


BuckleySandler Eyes Challenges in New Agency Era

By Katelyn Polantz |

The firm says it grew the amount of work it billed in 2016, and forecasts demand that could help the firm survive the Trump administration.

Thomas McHenry

Gibson Dunn Partner To Become Vermont Law Dean

By Karen Sloan |

Thomas J.P. McHenry will assume the school's top administrative post on July 1.

Pepper Hamilton

Amid Departures, Pepper Hamilton Revenue Drops 10 Percent, PPP Down 28 Percent

By Lizzy McLellan |

Firm leaders said double-digit declines were misleading, but there are signs that partners are unsettled.

Jerry K. Clements

Locke Lord's Revenue Down But Income Up

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Gross revenue declined by 6.4 percent in 2016 at Dallas-based Locke Lord, but net income improved by 11.1 percent with lawyers in many practice areas very busy.

Kim Koopersmith, partner and chairperson, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

On Upward Trajectory, Akin Gump Invests in Regulation, Policy

By Meghan Tribe |

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, which just inked a deal for a new office lease in Washington, D.C., saw gross revenue rise $50 million last year, to $980 million, while profits per partner hit the $2.1 million mark. The firm's total head count slipped slightly in 2016.

Hugh Verrier.

White & Case Posts Gains as Transatlantic Push Continues

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm reached a new revenue high amid plans to grow to 500 lawyers in both New York and London.

Robert Hays

King & Spalding Hits New Megafirm Milestone

By Meredith Hobbs |

The firm passed the 1,000-lawyer mark in 2016, while revenue edged up and profit per partner slipped slightly due to a significant addition of equity partners.

Mary Jo White.

Mary Jo White Takes Leadership Role at Debevoise as SEC Enters New Era

By Christine Simmons |

Debevoise & Plimpton has created a new leadership position for Mary Jo White, who returned to the firm Wednesday after chairing the Securities and Exchange Commission for nearly four years under the Obama administration.

Cooley's Tech Clients Buoyed Firm’s Finances in 2016

By Rebecca Cohen |

The firm saw its gross revenue surge by more than $60 million in 2016, to $974 million, while profits per partner rose by nearly $1 million, to almost $1.97 million. Head count at Cooley hit 854, an increase of more than 50 lawyers from 2015.

Andrew Saker

Litigation Funder Bentham, Fortress Seek to Tap US Litigation Market

By Roy Strom |

On the same day that Fortress Investment Group announced its $3.3 billion sale to Japan’s SoftBank, a unit of the investment giant partnered with Australian litigation funder IMF Bentham on a U.S. litigation funding finance vehicle worth up to $200 million. The move comes two months after two rival litigation financiers agreed to merge.

Deals, Restructuring Drive 'Best Year Ever' for Davis Polk

By Nell Gluckman |

Davis Polk & Wardwell saw healthy growth in revenue and partner profits in 2016, despite capital markets headwinds and uncertainty in European and Asian markets.

Ethics Rule Has Lit Funders Treading Carefully in Class Actions

By Ben Hancock |

Some industry players are steering clear of class actions because of a ban on attorneys sharing fees with nonlawyers. Others are willing to invest but structure their deals to avoid the rule.

Nathaniel Gallon.

Tech’s ‘Horizontal’ Place Among Practice Areas: A Q&A with Hogan Lovells’ Gallon

By Ian Lopez |

The Silicon Valley-based partner talks technology trends impacting lawyers and how tech knowledge is integral to firms “interested in staying relevant.”

Munich, Germany.

Kirkland Loses Seven-Partner Team to Sidley in Munich

By Rose Walker |

Sidley Austin has raided Kirkland & Ellis for the second time in a year, bringing on a seven-partner team from the firm, as well as a Linklaters partner, for its Munich office.

In Expansion Mode, Dickinson Wright Sees Big Boost in Revenue

By Meghan Tribe |

By some estimates, the Kardashians made about $122.5 million in 2016, a figure about $80 million shy from what the famous family’s outside counsel at Dickinson Wright earned in gross revenue last year.

Sidley Austin offices in Washington, D.C.

Sidley Fights Fraud Suit Over Alleged Ties to Imprisoned Con Man

By Roy Strom |

Joseph Garcia pleaded guilty to wire fraud last year. Prior to that, the con man appears to have worked with Sidley Austin on a case that led to fraud charges against the firm and one of its prominent partners.

Want to Improve Associate Hiring? Follow Public Interest's Lead

By Karen Sloan |

Law firms could learn a thing or two from the way public interest law organizations and government agencies hire new attorneys.

Kim Rivera, Hewlett Packard

HP's GC Says 'Diversity Mandate' Embraced by Law Firms

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

The legal profession has long struggled with diversity and inclusion. HP Inc. took a novel step in announcing that the company may withhold legal fees from law firms that don't meet diversity staffing requirements. Kim Rivera, HP's chief legal officer and general counsel, on Tuesday detailed the genesis of the fee-holdback program—and the early responses. "I spoke to GCs and law firm partners across the country and much to my gratification, they were very open and collaborative," Rivera said.

Rendering of Akin Gump’s new offices in Washington, D.C.

Akin Gump Brings Strauss Tower to K Street

By Katelyn Polantz |

The firm is leaving Dupont Circle for a 17-year lease on K Street, but keeping the name of name partner Robert Strauss on its new building.

Clients Turning to Encryption to Combat Law Firm Data Breaches

By David Ruiz |

In-house legal departments are on the hunt for ways to combat the data breaches hitting their law firms, and email encryption is a growing option.

Dubai, UAE

Weil Gotshal Closing Dubai Office as Middle East Cutbacks Continue

By Rose Walker |

Weil, Gotshal & Manges has become the latest large firm to rethink its presence in the Middle East, with the New York-based firm deciding to close its Dubai office.

Kim Rivera, Hewlett Packard

HP, Mandating Diversity, Will Withhold Fees From Some Firms

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

In-house legal departments regularly encourage, and in some cases require, that outside firms have some level of diversity in staffing legal work. Hewlett-Packard Inc. has taken this mandate a step further—saying the company will withhold invoiced fees from firms that do not meet diversity requirements.

Cozen O'Connor, in Growth Mode, Sees Revenue Bump

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cozen O'Connor boosted revenue by more than 10 percent in 2016, as the firm continued to reap the benefits of acquisitions and lateral hires, as well as demand that bucked industry trends.

Stephen Cohen

Sidley Recruits Ex-SEC Associate Enforcement Director

By Meghan Tribe |

Stephen Cohen, who spent the past five years as associate director of enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, has joined Sidley Austin as a securities and derivatives enforcement and regulatory partner in Washington, D.C.

RatnerPrestia Settles Dispute Over Scuttled Germany Merger

By Scott Flaherty |

Less than a year after suing Germany’s Stolmár & Partner over a failed combination, Philadelphia area intellectual property boutique RatnerPrestia has settled breach of contract, fraud and other claims against the Munich-based patent firm.

Crowell & Moring Sees Big Lift in Profits, Revenue

By Katelyn Polantz |

Profits per partner were up a whopping 40 percent in 2016.

Fish & Richardson’s Revenue and Profits Up After ‘Really Strong Year’

By Chris Johnson |

A significant increase in contingency fee income helped Fish & Richardson continue its growth in 2016, with the firm posting solid gains in both revenue and profit.

Cristina Arguedas.

Ex-Akin Gump Partner Taps Big-Name Defense Lawyer

By Ross Todd |

Jeffrey Wertkin has hired Cristina Arguedas—lawyer to FedEx and former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds—to defend charges he tried to sell a sealed whistleblower complaint.

Attorney Donald McGahn leaves the Four Seasons hotel in New York, Thursday, June 9, 2016, after a GOP fundraiser.

Yo, Where's Don McGahn?

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

The White House counsel seems missing in action amid the ever-mounting conflicts of interest involving this presidency.

Richard Hays, Alston & Bird, Atlanta.

Alston & Bird Boosts Revenue, Head Count

By Meredith Hobbs |

Several big litigation matters and a steady stream of transactional work power the firm's solid gains.

Crisis illustration

Citi Report: Growth Slowed in 2016

By Gretta Rusanow |

Last year was a better one than 2015 for the Am Law 50, and especially for the most profitable firms. The same can't be said for the rest of the industry.

Big Law Brand Survey Shows Client-Led Shakeup

By Roy Strom |

In a sign of a legal market where clients are as untethered to law firms as ever, a survey of legal buyers’ preferred Big Law brands has a new No. 1 for the first time in its six-year history. Jones Day topped the Acritas U.S. Law Firm Brand Index, released Monday, after ranking in second place for the previous five years to Skadden.

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

Panama Papers Firm Founders Face Money Laundering Charges

By Brian Baxter |

Ten months after a hacking scandal hit one of Panama's top law firms, prosecutors in the Central American country have arrested Mossack Fonseca name partners Ramon Fonseca Mora and Jurgen Mossack in connection with a massive bribery scandal at a Brazilian conglomerate.

A logo sign outside of a facility occupied by the Reckitt Benckiser Group, in Springfield, Missouri.

Deal Watch: Four Firms Bag Roles on Big Baby Formula Buy

By Meghan Tribe |

British consumer products giant Reckitt Benckiser Group plc has turned to Davis Polk & Wardwell and Linklaters to handle its $17.9 billion acquisition of Mead Johnson Nutrition. Kirkland & Ellis and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton have also landed roles on the transaction, which is the largest in Reckitt’s history.

A Smaller Cadwalader Sees Revenue Drop, Profits Rise

By Christine Simmons |

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft saw its revenue decline in 2016 amid partner defections and office closures. But managing partner Patrick Quinn pointed to higher profits as a sign that the firm's tighter focus on core clients and practices is paying off.

Dechert Client Fee Dispute to Proceed After Court Rules $20M Legal Bill 'Highly Unrealistic'

By Chris Johnson |

Dechert has been dealt a blow in its long-running fee dispute with a former client, with a High Court judge in the U.K. ruling Friday that the company can proceed in its attempt to recover millions of dollars from the firm.

Cristian Stevens

Armstrong Teasdale Adds Federal Prosecutor Who Led Ferguson Case

By Meghan Tribe |

Cristian Stevens, a former federal prosecutor who once investigated a high-profile police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, has joined Armstrong Teasdale as a litigation partner in St. Louis.

Is Big Law Finally Ready For Trans-Atlantic Consolidation?

By Chris Johnson |

It's time once again to examine whether the legal market will consolidate across the Atlantic.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where a three-judge panel heard arguments on the halting of the immigration ban.

Ninth Circuit, Asserting Its Role, Keeps Nationwide Block on Travel Ban in Place

By Ross Todd |

If there's a way to respond to a president who has taken aim at the federal judiciary, it's to speak with one voice. That's just what the Ninth Circuit did on Thursday with its per curiam opinion that struck back at the notion that a president's actions are unreviewable.

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

Ballard Spahr Sees Small Revenue Bump as Profits Stay Flat

By Lizzy McLellan |

Ballard Spahr experienced slight revenue growth and flat profits in 2016, making the best of what the firm said it knew would be a challenging year.

KWM Partners Rejected Repeated Attempts to Raise Capital in Years Before Collapse

By Rose Walker |

King & Wood Mallesons’ (KWM) Europe and Middle East (EUME) partners rejected at least four attempts by management to increase capital at the firm between 2011 and 2015, it has emerged.

Do Firms Care When Women Bolt?

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Forgive me for being a cynic (who me?), but I'm not at all convinced that law firm managers are losing sleep when women lawyers fly the coop.

Latham and Baker McKenzie Advise as Priceline Agrees to Buy Travel Search Engine for $550M

By Alex Berry |

Latham & Watkins and Baker McKenzie have secured mandates on Priceline Group’s acquisition of London-based travel search engine Momondo Group for $550m (£438m).

Revenue, Profits Soar at Baker Botts Amid Contingency Wins

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Boosted by some big contingency fees and strategic investments, Houston-based Baker Botts posted a record year in 2016, with revenue up 20.2 percent compared with 2015, and profits per partner up 36.6 percent.

The Atlantis Paradise Island resort, located in the Bahamas.

Three Firms Pump Fees From Bankrupt Bahamian Oil Shipper

By Brian Baxter |

Ultrapetrol Bahamas Ltd., a company that floats energy boats throughout South America, filed for bankruptcy in New York on Feb. 6. Zirinsky Law Partners, a firm formed last year by a former top bankruptcy partner at three Am Law 100 firms, is advising Ultrapetrol along with Hughes Hubbard & Reed and Seward & Kissel.

Lee Wolosky of Boies Schiller Flexner

With Gitmo Back in Play, Obama Envoy Returns to Boies Schiller

By Scott Flaherty |

Boies Schiller Flexner has welcomed Ambassador Lee Wolosky back to the firm after an 18-month stint as the White House's special envoy for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba.

Big-Name Lawyers Who Screwed Up, Big Time

By Leigh Jones |

While former Akin Gump lawyer Jeffrey Wertkin awaits his fate after his arrest for trying to sell a sealed whistleblower suit for $300,000, let's take a moment to revisit some prominent attorneys who made a mess of things.

Speak Up, Find Mentors and Other Tips From Women Attorneys at the Top

By Amanda Bronstad |

We distill the best lessons from Paul Hastings partner Nancy Abell and others at this month's inaugural Women LEAD conference at UCLA School of Law.

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

Shearman Partner, Ex-Dewey Colleagues Reunite at Winston

By Meghan Tribe |

Lawrence Hill, a former chair of the tax controversy and litigation group at Dewey & LeBoeuf who joined Shearman & Sterling in May 2012 to co-lead that firm's financial services group, is headed to Winston & Strawn in New York. The hire is the latest high-profile addition by the Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld offices in Washington, D.C. November 10, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Akin Gump Partner's Arrest Highlights Hiring Risks for Firms

By Scott Flaherty |

Federal prosecutors have accused an Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld partner—and a government lawyer himself until last year—of hawking a copy of a nonpublic whistleblower complaint to a company facing a False Claims Act lawsuit.

Blank Rome Takes Three Benefits Partners From Pepper Hamilton

By Lizzy McLellan |

The moves follow a spate of recent departures from Pepper Hamilton, and they extend a string of hires this year at Blank Rome.

Richard Clifton, Michelle Friedland, and William Canby.

In Travel Ban Appeal, Judges Don't Accept 'We’re in a Rush' Excuse

By Ben Hancock |

Lawyers prepared for Tuesday's Ninth Circuit arguments under extreme time pressure. But the judges wouldn't cut them any breaks.

Seyfarth Shaw Puts 'Software Robots' to Use in Automation Push

By Roy Strom |

The national labor and employment firm, already well-known in legal circles for being a pioneer in using business process improvements, is now looking to artificial intelligence to enhance its efficiency.

Pillsbury Opens Miami Office With Six Boies Schiller Lawyers

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has opened a new Miami office with six lawyers from Boies Schiller Flexner.

Wenchi Hu

Ex-SEC Associate Director Joins Latham's New York Office

By Meghan Tribe |

Latham & Watkins is poised to hire former Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton associate Wenchi Hu, most recently an associate director in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's division of trading and markets, as a financial institutions partner in New York.

Former Bio-Rad General Counsel, Sanford Wadler (left) leaves the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Ousted Bio-Rad GC Wins Whistleblower Case

By David Ruiz |

The jury awarded Sanford Wadler $2.9 million in back pay and stock compensation, which will be doubled, plus $5 million for punitive damages.

Davis Polk Adds Antitrust Partner from Obama White House

By Nell Gluckman |

Howard Shelanski, who most recently served as administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, will join Davis Polk & Wardwell's office in Washington, D.C.

Legal Departments Find Value in Keeping Work In-House, Report Says

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

According to a new report from ALM Legal Intelligence, legal departments are bringing more work in-house, rather than relying on outside counsel.

New York City subway riders remove anti-Semitic graffiti.

Big Law Associate Goes Viral After Scrubbing Subway Hate

By Meghan Tribe |

Gregory Locke had an interesting Saturday evening. The associate Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker in White Plains, New York, posted a message to Facebook on Feb. 4 documenting how he and a few other fellow passengers on a New York City subway train removed anti-Semitic graffiti.

Weil Sees Big Gains in Profits, Revenue

By Nell Gluckman |

Weil, Gotshal & Manges enjoyed strong demand that boosted 2016 revenues, according to executive partner Barry Wolf, bucking the industry trend.

Gina Maisto Smith, left, and Leslie Gomez, right, of Cozen O'Connor.

Cozen O'Connor Launches Sexual Misconduct Practice With Pepper Hamilton Pros

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cozen O'Connor debuted a new practice group focused on institutional responses to sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, hiring five Philadelphia lawyers, including four attorneys from Pepper Hamilton.

Doha, Qatar.

Clifford Chance Quits Qatar and Relocates Office Head to Dubai

By Anna Ward and James Booth |

The Magic Circle firm is pulling out of Doha roughly six years after opening an office in the capital city of the Middle Eastern country of Qatar.

Donald Trump.

All the President's Conflicts

By Steven J. Harper |

Trump’s assault on the integrity of the presidency already makes Richard Nixon look like an amateur—and a saint.

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

Group Turns To Big Law for Major Immigrant Rights Effort

By Christine Simmons |

Spurred on by President Trump's deportation priorities, a group of big-firm lawyers and nonprofit attorneys has launched a project to represent immigrants nationwide who are at risk for deportation and already has distributed a mass letter to hundreds of large firms seeking donations and pro bono work.

Thomas Siebel, CEO of C3 IoT Inc. and founder of Siebel Systems, speaks during the 2015 IHS CERAWeek conference in Houston, Texas, U.S., on Thursday, April 23, 2015.

Small Sums, Big Guns: This Billionaire Would Rather Skirmish Than Settle

By Ben Hancock |

Thomas Siebel is either a man who stands up for his principles, or someone who uses his vast resources to grind his opponents into the ground. Either way, he's probably not someone you want to be litigating against.

IP Partners on the Move Seek Bigger Firms

By Katelyn Polantz |

Big Law snatches up talent as the market changes for boutiques.

Global Lateral Hiring by The Numbers: A Look Behind the High 5-Year Attrition Rate

By Hugh A. Simons |

Half of lateral partner hires are failures. To be precise, 47 percent of laterals don’t stay more than 5 full years.

Am Law 100/200: The Early Reports

By ALM Staff |

The 2016 fiscal year results for the nation’s 200 largest law firms are starting to pour in. ALM’s reporters across the globe are providing early snapshots and analysis of how firms performed last year and what to expect in 2017.

Law Firm General Counsel Roles Are Evolving—And Sometimes ‘Lonely’

By David Gialanella |

A dozen or more years since what one expert called the "great awakening among law firms" about the need to designate an in-house adviser, the role of firm general counsel continues to evolve.

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

Ropes & Gray Raids O'Melveny & Myers for New M&A Head

By Brian Baxter |

Paul Scrivano, who a year ago took over as global head of M&A and private equity at O'Melveny & Myers, has left the firm for Ropes & Gray. O'Melveny & Myers has announced that partner Jay Herron will replacement him as leader of its transactional group.

Colin Cloherty

Wiley Rein Associate, ‘Ivy,’ No Stranger to NFL's Super Bowl

By Brian Baxter |

Colin Cloherty, an ex-NFL tight end who once made it to the Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts before concluding his pro football career a few years later with the now big game-bound Atlanta Falcons, is embarking on a new journey. Cloherty spoke with The American Lawyer about his new role as a first-year Big Law associate.

Vanguard Taps Paul Hastings in Latest Big Energy Bankruptcy

By Meghan Tribe |

Paul Hastings is advising Houston-based oil and gas explorer Vanguard Natural Resources LLC on its bankruptcy filing in Houston. Vanguard is the latest U.S. energy company to begin Chapter 11 proceedings within the past year.

Norton Rose Fulbright, Chadbourne Chase Merger as Project Pipeline Thaws

By Christine Simmons |

A vote could come soon, with consideration by some committees and the firms’ partnerships within the next few weeks, according to a partner at one of the firms who has been involved in the talks.

Ivo Labar and James Wagstaffe, Kerr & Wagstaffe leave the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Davis Polk Partner Says Bio-Rad GC Kept Pushing Flimsy Claims

By David Ruiz |

Martine Beamon, who was hired to investigate potential FCPA violations, testified Thursday that the company's general counsel rejected her firm's conclusion that the suspicions were "meritless."

Takata airbag components.

Takata's US General Counsel Departs Amid Company's Scandal

By Stephanie Forshee |

Takata Corp.'s top lawyer in the United States, Eric Laptook, has left his post, weeks after the Tokyo-based automotive safety equipment maker agreed to pay $1 billion in criminal penalties to the U.S. Department of Justice.

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

Hogan Lovells Calls on Partners to Pay In £50m Extra Capital

By Rose Walker |

Hogan Lovells partners are to pay in additional capital to the firm later this year, as part of a long-running initiative to boost the global firm's capital reserves.

California Bankruptcies Sweep Up DLA Piper, Other Firms

By Meghan Tribe |

From real sports to fantasy sports, two gaming companies filed for bankruptcy in California on Tuesday, owing thousands of dollars to several law firms.

Russell Genet

Chicago Litigation Funder Adds Nixon Peabody Practice Leader

By Roy Strom |

Longford Capital Management LP has hired Russell Genet, national head of the IP group at Nixon Peabody in Chicago, as a director. Genet helped Nixon Peabody open its Windy City office a decade ago.

California Law School Deans Want Bar Exam Pass Score Lowered

By Cheryl Miller |

The deans of 20 California law schools on Wednesday asked the state Supreme Court to temporarily lower the bar exam’s minimum passing score to let the State Bar study whether the number is unjustifiably high.

Iraqi immigrant Hameed Khalid Darweesh is embraced after his release.

How a President's Immigration Order Mobilized Big Law

By Christine Simmons and Nell Gluckman |

The country's corporate law firms unexpectedly became front and center in the weekend response to President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown.

Mark Irion.

Hogan Lovells Expands into Public Relations Field

By Katelyn Polantz |

Mark Irion, formerly of the Washington public relations group Levick, is bringing his services in-house at the firm.

Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Trump Chooses Neil Gorsuch, Ivy League Conservative, for Supreme Court

By Tony Mauro |

In choosing Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court, President Trump opted for a candidate with traditional credentials shared by most modern-day justices. A Colorado native with a degree from Harvard Law School, Gorsuch clerked for Justice Byron White and Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. "In our legal order, it is for Congress and not the courts to write new laws. It is the role of judges to apply, not alter, the work of the people’s representatives," Gorsuch said at the White House.

Mark Wasserman

Merger Vaults Eversheds Sutherland Onto Global Stage

By Meredith Hobbs |

Global firm Eversheds Sutherland made its formal debut on Wednesday, unveiling a new logo and website and cementing the most significant transatlantic tie-up since Norton Rose combined with Fulbright & Jaworski in 2013.

Association of Corporate Counsel office in Washington, D.C.

GCs May Get Rid of Underperforming Firms in 2017, Survey Says

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

Nearly 50 percent of global general counsel and chief legal officers say they might end a law firm or outside counsel relationship this year because of underperformance, according to a new survey from the Association of Corporate Counsel.

DLA Piper Sets Sights on Ireland in European Expansion Push

By James Booth |

DLA Piper's post-Brexit planning could include expanding the global legal giant's European footprint with office launches in Dublin and Denmark.

Rudy Giuliani.

Greenberg Traurig Distances Firm From Giuliani's Immigration Ban Work

By Nell Gluckman |

Greenberg Traurig chairman Richard Rosenbaum responded quickly to Rudy Giuliani's comments, sending a letter to the firm that made it clear Greenberg Traurig was not retained to advise Trump on this executive order and that the firm values diversity and its immigrant roots.

Beth Brinkmann, Deputy Assistant Attorney General.

Covington Bags Brinkmann to Bolster Appellate Expertise

By Katelyn Polantz |

Beth Brinkmann, a deputy assistant attorney general for the past eight years who headed the civil division’s appellate staff at the U.S. Department of Justice, has chosen Covington & Burling for her post-Obama administration landing.

O’Melveny's Sports Practice Hires Former XFL, WWE Legal Chief

By Brian Baxter |

Jared Bartie, who once served as general counsel of the upstart Xtreme Football League and World Wrestling Entertainment, has joined O’Melveny & Myers' high-powered sports practice as a partner in New York. The move is the second notable hire by O’Melveny & Myers in recent weeks.

Stinson Snags Former Wilkinson Walsh Managing Partner

By Meghan Tribe |

Eric Liebeler, a former Kirkland & Ellis partner who left his role last year as administrative head of high-powered litigator Beth Wilkinson’s new firm, has joined Stinson Leonard Street as a partner in Washington, D.C.

Sarah Coyne

Weil Gotshal Hires Former Federal Prosecutor Sarah Coyne From Debevoise

By Scott Flaherty |

Former federal prosecutor Sarah Coyne joins Weil Gotshal less than two years after she started at Debevoise.

Dechert Revenues Up 2.4 Percent Amid Modest Rise in Profits

By Lizzy McLellan |

Last year at Dechert was "fine," CEO Henry Nassau said, with a 2.4 percent increase in revenue and 1.6 percent increase in profits per equity partner.

Clyde & Co Senior Partner Simon Konsta.

UK’s Clyde & Co Raids Troutman Sanders for New DC, Chicago Outposts

By Chris Johnson |

London-based insurance specialty firm Clyde & Co has opened new offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C., after hiring 10 partners from Troutman Sanders.

Baby Sham and her mother

Syrian Baby Among Reed Smith Clients Left in Limbo After Trump Order

By Nell Gluckman |

The family of a Syrian child represented by Reed Smith has to delay plans to resettle in the United States after President Donald Trump's executive order placed an indefinite halt on Syrian refugees entering the country.

2016- Johnson & Johnson Office in North America. from Flickr

Deal Watch: Six Firms Advise on J&J's Actelion Acquisition

By Meghan Tribe |

Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Slaughter and May and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz are leading a team of firms that have landed lead roles on Johnson & Johnson’s proposed $30 billion buy of Swiss biotechnology company Actelion.

Barbara Smith

The Yolk Worn by a Big-Law Trump Supporter

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

A Bryan Cave associate in St. Louis recently penned an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal.

Merger Conflict Helps Orrick Fill Top Tech Post

By Nell Gluckman |

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe capitalized on a recent merger between two competitors to land new talent, hiring a new tech practice leader in its Silicon Valley office.

President Donald J. Trump delivers his presidential inaugural address during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2017.

Trump’s Nonsensical Conflicts Plan

By Steven J. Harper |

The president should hope is that no court every reaches the merits of his lawyers’ defense of emoluments clause violations.

Pepper Hamilton

Pepper Hamilton Denies Debt Collector Status in FDCPA Suit

By Lizzy McLellan |

The definition of "debt collector" has become a central issue as Pepper Hamilton faces a federal lawsuit alleging that a partner used unfair debt collection practices in payment demands to his tenants that were printed on firm letterhead.

McDermott Four-Lawyer IP Team Moves to Vorys Sater

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Group of four patent lawyers leave McDermott, Will & Emery to join Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease.

Left to right: Scott Webster and Blake Liggio of Goodwin Procter

New Goodwin Procter Partner a Transgender Trailblazer in Big Law

By Meghan Tribe |

Blake Liggio recently made partner at Goodwin Procter, making him one of the first outwardly transgender partners at an Am Law 100 firm. Liggio and Goodwin Procter partner Scott Webster reflect on the challenges he faced and ways that large firms can create a more inclusive environment.

Gotham Perils: Clifford Chance Sues City Over Construction Outage

By Christine Simmons |

For transplants and native New Yorkers alike, sometimes the biggest obstacle in the city is the city itself.

KWM Creditors Report Reveals Failed Merger Efforts and Millions Raised by Business Sell-Off

By Rose Walker |

The administrators of King & Wood Mallesons’ (KWM) European arm have released details of the sums raised by the break-up and sale of the business in a letter to creditors that also sheds light on the failed efforts to secure a single-firm takeover.

Anna Nicole Smith

'I Beg You to Recuse Me': Anna Nicole Smith Judge Finally Gets His Wish

By John Council |

The case that put him in the spotlight had become a trial for him, said Houston probate Judge Mike Wood.

Foley & Lardner logo in Miami.

Florida DEP Official Joins Foley & Lardner as State Reveals Payments of Millions to both Foley and Latham

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The head of the Florida DEP is leaving to work for Foley & Lardner amid scrutiny over how much the state agreed to pay in legal fees, just months after the firm won a state contract to handle money Florida received from the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.

Preparing Lawyers to be Practice-Ready in a Tech-Driven World

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

With a new emphasis on legal innovation, law schools are using experiential learning and technology tools to meet the future needs of law firms and legal departments.

Michael Tanenbaum.

Drinker Enters Dallas as Sedgwick Sheds 40 Lawyers in Texas, New Jersey

By Lizzy McLellan |

Fifteen partners are splitting from Sedgwick in the New York region and Texas, forming a boutique in the Northeast and launching a new office for Drinker Biddle & Reath in Dallas.

Bankruptcies Might Be Down, But Far From Out

By Meghan Tribe |

A report issued Wednesday said that U.S. bankruptcy filings fell 5.9 percent in 2016 to their lowest number in a decade. Nonetheless, despite a drop-off in business-related cases, troubles in some industries like the energy sector have helped restructuring lawyers pick up some of the slack in demand for their services.

New Litigation Funding Rule Seen as 'Harbinger' for Shadowy Industry

By Ben Hancock |

A disclosure mandate in the Northern District of California could trigger a wider transparency debate.

After Alaska Exit, Crowell & Moring Shutters in Cheyenne

By Brian Baxter |

Crowell & Moring, which last week watched its Anchorage office join Holland & Hart, has also shuttered a small outpost in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Gov. Former state Gov. Dave Freudenthal, who helmed the firm’s presence in the city for the past six years, has started his own shop. Crowell & Moring is currently engaged in merger talks.

Left to right: Dean Niro, Art Gasey, Robert Vitale and Paul Vickrey

Original 'Patent Troll' Law Firm Shuts Its Doors

By Scott Flaherty |

Niro Law is shutting down following the death of founder Raymond Niro, and a group of its lawyers are starting a new firm.

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer Among Bankrupt ATopTech's Creditors

By Meghan Tribe |

ATopTech, a software company on the losing end of a $30 million IP battle with Synopsys last year, filed for bankruptcy last week in Delaware. Arnold & Porter, Dorsey & Whitney and Wilson Sonsini are advising AtopTech in its Chapter 11 case. Arnold & Porter is owed at least $3.5 million for its work as special litigation counsel to the debtor.

Tom Price, left, and Tiffany Trump, right.

Dentons' Oopsy, Tiffany's Trajectory and Skadden's UNaugural Ball

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Alternative facts. Alternative reality. Whatever. Any way you look at it, it's been surreal for the past two months.

Donald Trump.

Hughes Hubbard Files Trademark Application for Trump's Re-election Campaign Slogan

By Scott Flaherty |

President Donald Trump, who has been in office for less than a week, has filed an application for a slogan he can use for his re-election campaign in 2020.

Eversheds Introduces Bonus to Reward Cross-Selling With Sutherland

By James Booth |

Eversheds and its new U.S. merger partner Sutherland Asbill & Brennan will create a new bonus system to reward partners for facilitating integration once the merger between the two firms goes live on Feb. 1.

What Went Wrong at KWME? Partners Opine About Demise of Legacy SJ Berwin

By Anna Ward |

Poor leadership and a reluctance to deal with longstanding issues were the key factors behind the collapse of King & Wood Mallesons' European arm (KWME), according to a survey of London partners by sibling publication Legal Week.

Andrew Ceresney, Co-Director of the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. June 27, 2013. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Ceresney, Back at Debevoise, Predicts Strong SEC Under Trump

By Christine Simmons |

As he returns to his old firm, Andrew Ceresney says the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission won't lose momentum under Donald Trump's administration.

Foley & Lardner Real Estate Lawyer Dead After Chicago Fire

By Brian Baxter |

Louis Cohen, a real estate of counsel at Foley & Lardner in Chicago who joined the firm last year after serving as international chair of the real estate, finance and banking group at Locke Lord, died last week in a mysterious parking garage fire. Cohen, 60, once helped the Super Bowl-bound Atlanta Falcons get a new stadium.

Dan McMahon

Wilson Elser Helps Launch Global Insurance Law Network

By Meghan Tribe |

The Am Law 100 firm has teamed up with Australia's Wotton + Kearney, British firm DAC Beachcroft and Germany's BLD Bach Langheid Dallmayr to form the Legalign Global insurance network.

Richest Firms Pulled Ahead in 2016 as Some Regions Struggled

By Nell Gluckman |

The top performing law firms continued to pull away from the rest of the Am Law 200 last year, according to a report released Monday by Wells Fargo Private Bank's Legal Specialty Group. Meanwhile certain regions, including the mid-Atlantic states, struggled to achieve even modest revenue growth.

David Kelley of Dechert

Dechert Lures Ex-Prosecutor David Kelley From Cahill

By Scott Flaherty |

Kelley, who served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2003 to 2005, was a member of the executive committee at Cahill Gordon & Reindel.

Currency Hedging: A Contrarian View

By Hugh A. Simons |

This former Am Law 100 COO says law firms should pause before adopting a new trend reported by Am Law Daily last week of law firms hedging currency to battle fluctuations in exchange rates.

Reed Smith Seals Hire of 50-Strong KWM Team

By Legal Week Staff |

Reed Smith has confirmed its addition of 17 partners from King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) in London, Germany and Paris, who bring with them sizeable teams of lawyers, trainees and support staff.

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Chief Jeh Johnson Returns (Again) to Paul Weiss

By Nell Gluckman |

After more than three decades shuttling between public service and private practice, Johnson says he plans to stay put this time.

Deal Watch: Six Firms Bum Roles on Huge Tobacco Tie-Up

By Meghan Tribe |

The biggest deal of the week will take your breath away. Cravath, Herbert Smith Freehills, Jones Day, Kirkland & Ellis, Moore & Van Allen and Weil, Gotshal & Manges are advising on British American Tobacco’s $49.4 billion takeover of tobacco rival Reynolds American.

Hong Kong

Morgan Lewis Heads to Hong Kong After Orrick Raid

By Anna Zhang |

At least nine partners are poised to join Morgan, Lewis & Bockius from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Once the mass move is complete, up to 40 lawyers and staff could head to the Philadelphia-based Am Law 100 firm, which has been busy in recent months bolstering its operations in Asia.

A Ukrainian service person during Rapid Trident 2016 international team and staff drill in Yavoriv training range in the Lviv Region. Stringer/Sputnik via AP

Covington to Represent Ukrainian Oil Company in Case Against Russia

By Scott Flaherty |

Covington & Burling has secured a $6.31 million contract to represent Ukraine's state-run oil company Naftogaz in an arbitration dispute against the Russian government over its 2014 incursion into Crimea.

A logo sign outside of a facility occupied by Avaya Inc., in Billerica, Massachusetts on August 14, 2016.

Kirkland Gets Call for Avaya Bankruptcy

By Brian Baxter |

The telecommunications equipment company, which filed for Chapter 11 protection Thursday in New York, is being advised by Kirkland & Ellis in its bankruptcy case. Holland & Knight is owed some $736,380 by the debtor.

King & Wood Mallesons.

King & Wood Mallesons Addresses Past Failures and Future Plans

By Anna Zhang |

The global legal giant's management told clients this week that the collapse of its legacy SJ Berwin business in the U.K. and Europe was the result of poor leadership and a lack of consensus among European partners, and described how King & Wood Mallesons plans to rebuild its operations across the region.

Cape Town, South Africa

Norton Rose Fulbright Expands Again, This Time in South Africa

By Brian Baxter |

In a busy week for law firm combinations, Norton Rose Fulbright has acquired four-lawyer commercial law boutique Keller Snyman Schelhase in Cape Town, a move that comes six years after the global legal giant acquired one of South Africa’s largest firms.

Two More Big Firms Tap New Diversity Heads

By Meghan Tribe |

Baker McKenzie and Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney started 2017 by hiring diversity and inclusion officers, the latest in a series of large firms filling similar roles as they attempt to determine how diversity efforts fit into their businesses in a time of uncertainty.

Cecily Strong.

Live from New York, It's Saturday Night!

By Vivia Chen |

A spotlight shines on a Big Law partner in the shadow of President-elect Donald Trump.

Ampersands Go Missing From Big Law

By Leigh Jones |

Baker & McKenzie lost its ampersand last month, and Boies, Schiller & Flexner, not to be outdone, recently dropped its squiggly symbol and also ditched a comma.

Bracing for the New Sexism

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Donald Trump has tapped into our primal insecurities about our looks, and how our physical flaws can diminish our professional success.

 Mark Schaub

KWM Plans to Align European and Asian Operations

By Georgina Stanley |

Mark Schaub, a partner with King & Wood Mallesons in Shanghai, sets out his firm's ambitions for its new operation in Europe.

Ringling Brothers Circus.

Ringling Bros. Demise Gives Final Chapter to Long-Fought Litigation

By Samantha Joseph |

Attorneys reflect on the court battles that played a role in ending the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Anchorage, Alaska. Credit: JonnyNoTrees/

Crowell's Northern Retreat Has Holland & Hart Alaska-Bound

By Meghan Tribe |

Crowell & Moring is closing its Alaskan outpost—one the firm opened in 2009—following Holland & Hart's hire of a six-lawyer environmental team in Anchorage and Washington, D.C.

Paul Weiss Gets Into PTAB Work With Ropes & Gray Recruit

By Brian Baxter |

J. Steven Baughman, a longtime IP litigator at Ropes & Gray in Washington, D.C., is leaving the firm for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Baughman is the firm’s latest high-profile lateral recruit.

Ex-Clinton Aide Joins Boies Schiller in Silicon Valley

By Scott Flaherty |

Boies Schiller Flexner has brought on Ann O’Leary, a former top adviser to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, as a partner specializing in nonprofit and philanthropic endeavors in Palo Alto, California.

Oracle's headquarters in Readwood Shores, CA

With Oracle Bias Suit, Tech Firms Feel Labor Dept.'s Unwelcome Gaze

By Ben Hancock |

The perception there's more heat on Silicon Valley comes as large tech companies have become big federal contractors.

As Currencies Suffer, Law Firms Try Hedging to Safeguard Revenues

By Nell Gluckman |

As the British pound falls, so does the reluctance of many firms to gamble on future exchange rates.

Noel J. Francisco of Jones Day

Jones Day Partner May Be Next for Trump Administration Post

By Tony Mauro |

Appellate litigator Noel Francisco is departing Jones Day amid rumors that he could soon be tapped for a role in the solicitor general's office.

King & Wood Mallesons.

KWM Confirms Names of Partners Staying on After Europe Administration

By Rose Walker and Anna Zhang |

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has confirmed the names of 17 partners who have agreed to stay on with the firm in the wake of the administration of its European, UK and Middle East (EUME) business. Seven partners will stay on to maintain a London presence for the firm, as will as a three-partner team in Frankfurt.

15 Signs That You're Getting Fired

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Law firms take their time in bidding attorneys adieu, so it's wise to stay one step ahead of the game.


Global Law Firms Turn to Africa

By James Booth |

Law firms are looking at Africa as the next frontier.

Chuck Baker.

Two Top Sports Lawyers—On Opposite Sides—Switch Firms

By Brian Baxter |

A pair of leading sports industry lawyers have left their firms for new digs. O’Melveny & Myers hired DLA Piper corporate partner Chuck Baker to chair its sports industry group out of New York, where longtime Weil, Gotshal & Manges litigator James Quinn is retiring from the firm at 71 to become of counsel at top trial boutique Berg & Androphy.

King & Wood Mallesons

End of the Road for Legacy SJ Berwin as KWME Files for Administration

By Legal Week Staff |

King & Wood Mallesons' (KWM) European arm has filed for administration in a move that represents the end of the line for the London-based legacy SJ Berwin business and the largest-ever law firm collapse in the U.K.

Akin Gump Brings Back Prober to Bolster Gov't Relations Expertise

By Katelyn Polantz |

Raphael “Rafi” Prober, who spent almost two years at the U.S. Department of Justice, is returning to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington, D.C. Prober will handle congressional response litigation at the firm.

11/9/11-- Miami- White & Case office logo in reception area.

Deal Watch: White & Case Leads on Transactional Tables

By Meghan Tribe |

White & Case ranked No. 1 for M&A globally in league table rankings for legal advisers in 2016, according to data analyzed by Bloomberg and Mergermarket. The latter listed the Am Law 100 firm as working on 319 announced deals last year valued in excess of $665 billion.

Cadwalader to Close Houston Office in Core Practice Pivot

By Brian Baxter |

A few days after Willkie Farr hired two energy partners from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, Allen & Overy and Haynes and Boone have picked up three more partners from the firm. The moves come as Cadwalader seeks to refocus itself on financial services work, a process that will see the Wall Street firm close its Houston office.

Matt, partner with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles, and Liz Dubeck, partner with O'Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles, and their children Emmett and Lillian, who both attend daycare at O'Melveny & Myers's Hope Street Friends daycare.

Big Law Onsite Day Care: The Trend That Wasn't

By Angela Morris |

Very few firms have opened full-time facilities, despite their lamentations about the exodus of women.

Former Dewey junior manager Zachary Warren in September 2014.

Dewey Cloud Lifted for Defendant Who Found Home at Williams & Connolly

By Christine Simmons |

Zachary Warren, a young lawyer who faced criminal charges alongside three executives at Dewey & LeBoeuf, has formally put the case behind him and has relaunched his legal career at one of the country's top law firms.

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington during his confirmation hearing to be the next U.S. Attorney General, on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

A Test for Jeff Sessions

By Steven J. Harper |

The new attorney general says he’ll be independent; here’s a chance for him to prove it.

How a Big Law Fee Dispute Turned Into a Bitter, Cross-Country Litigation

By Roy Strom |

Vedder Price is facing arbitration in California in a case that shows there can be risks to law firms' increasingly litigious stance on unpaid bills.

Don't Kill Humans: European Parliament Calls for Laws Governing Artificial Intelligence

By Chris Johnson |

The European Parliament is calling for the establishment of laws to govern robots and artificial intelligence.

Brexit shattered glass

Crowdfunded Irish Legal Action To Determine Whether Brexit Can Be Reversed

By Chris Johnson |

A crowdfunded legal action to determine whether Brexit can be reversed will begin in Ireland later this month. The suit seeks a referral to the European Court of Justice to rule on whether the U.K. can unilaterally revoke Article 50, which starts a two-year deadline for an EU member to complete its withdrawal from the political bloc.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C.

Willkie Welcomes Cadwalader Energy Regulatory Duo in DC

By Meghan Tribe |

The firm has recruited Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft partners Paul Pantano Jr. and Athena Yvonne Eastwood in Washington, D.C., six years after the two FERC experts joined the latter in a high-profile lateral move from McDermott Will & Emery. Cadwalader said the moves are part of a plan to re-focus itself on financial services.

Rudy Telscher

Husch Blackwell Hires High-Profile IP Team in St. Louis

By Scott Flaherty |

A five-lawyer team from Harness, Dickey & Pierce is leaving the IP-focused firm for Husch Blackwell. The group includes Rudolph Telscher, who once won a critical appellate ruling preserving the sanctity of fantasy baseball and argued the winning side in a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court case on patent fee-shifting.

10 Years Out, Report Says Recession's Impact on Firms Is Clear

By Nell Gluckman |

Law firms are feeling increased pricing pressure from their clients, according to a report released Thursday but the Georgetown University Law Center and Thomson Reuters' Peer Monitor. How law firm leaders address it will separate the top firms from all the rest.

Jeff Randall.

K&L Gates Loses IP Practice Leader in California

By Lizzy McLellan |

Jeffrey Randall, the co-head of the IP litigation group at K&L Gates, has left the firm a little over a year after joining its Silicon Valley office from Paul Hastings. His departure marks the latest in a series of notable partner-level defections from the firm in recent months.

Data Breach.

How a Massachusetts Decision to Publish Data Breach Info Will Affect Big Law

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The Massachusetts decision spells out new challenges for lawyers working with breached companies.

UK Government Expects to Lose Brexit Legal Challenge

By Chris Johnson |

London expects to lose its legal battle over whether it can start the Brexit process without wider parliamentary approval. The British government appealed a High Court ruling that parliament must be allowed to vote on triggering Article 50, which starts a two-year deadline for an EU member to withdraw from the political bloc.

President-elect Donald Trump speaks as one of his attorneys, Sheri Dillon, of Morgan Lewis & Bockius, listens during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, in New York. The news conference was his first as President-elect.

Morgan Lewis Partner Basks in Trump's Spotlight—Is That a Good Thing?

By Katelyn Polantz |

The names of corporate law firms are not usually mentioned in major political news conferences. Lawyers are, or course. Nearly all of America has been introduced to David Boies, David Kendall, and Ted Olson. But most large law firm names are unrecognizable to the general public. Until Wednesday.

Minneapolis Minnesota Downtown and the Stone Arch Bridge at Sunset

Fox Rothschild Adds Entertainment Team From Twin Cities Firm

By Lizzy McLellan |

A year after absorbing Minneapolis-based Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly, Fox Rothschild is raiding Twin Cities shop Lommen Abdo for a six-lawyer entertainment team led by Kenneth Abdo, a son of the firm's founding partner. Lommen Abdo is one of the largest firms in Minnesota.

Partner Reloads in $200M Sedgwick Sex Bias Case

By Scott Flaherty |

Traci Ribeiro and her new lawyers at Sanford Heisler have beefed up their claims against Sedgwick, adding a bid for $200 million in class action damages.

Ron Liebman, author of

Big Law Partner's Writing Career Born in Nora Ephron's Kitchen

By Leigh Jones |

More than a few Big Law partners dream of leaving their practices behind and becoming successful novelists. Ron Liebman made it a reality.

U.S. Supreme Court.

Big Law Associate Takes on Supreme Court Veteran Over NCAA Race-Bias Claims

By Marcia Coyle |

A Morrison & Foerster associate who recently completed a U.S. Supreme Court clerkship will argue Wednesday against former solicitor general Seth Waxman in a major race discrimination case that involves the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

KWM Drops Suit Against Ex-Partner in Deal With Goodwin Procter

By Rose Walker |

Goodwin Procter will take on a 26-lawyer team from King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) in London, with the group hire granted as part of a deal that also saw KWM drop litigation against the Boston-based Am Law 100 firm and corporate partner Richard Lever.

President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.

On Center Stage, Trump Lawyer Describes Conflicts Plan

By Katelyn Polantz |

During a raucous political news conference that was unusually heavy with tax law theory, Donald Trump and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius partner Sheri Dillon outlined Wednesday how the president-elect would distance himself from his companies.

Dentons Continues Latin America Push With Barbados, Monterrey Offices

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Dentons, which has made a big push into the Latin American and Caribbean markets in the past year, has expanded its web of verein-style partnerships to Monterrey, Mexico, by combining with local firm Canales Zambrano y Asociados and forming an affiliate on the island of Barbados after taking on three lawyers from Canada's BCF.

Chadbourne & Parke at 1301 6th Ave, NYC

Chadbourne Sees Partner Changes Amid Gender Bias Litigation

By Christine Simmons |

As Chadbourne & Parke and two female partners battle in court over discrimination claims, the firm continues to see head count changes, including the departure of a female project finance partner and the arrival of a bankruptcy attorney.

Jenner & Block's Washington, D.C. offices.

Jenner Hires One Longtime Client's GC as Partner Departs for Another

By Roy Strom |

One way to solidify your relationship with clients is to hire lawyers from their legal departments. Another is to plant your partners in their positions. On both fronts, Jenner & Block recently scored twice.

John Carlin, Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice National Security Division, during the American Bar Association’s 24th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference in Washington. The topic: “Executive Branch Updates on Developments in National Security Law.” November 6, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Ex-DOJ National Security Leader Starts New Practice at MoFo

By Meghan Tribe |

John Carlin, who stepped down in October as the top official for national security at the U.S. Department of Justice, is joining Morrison & Foerster's New York office, where he will start a new global risk and crisis management practice at the firm.

Lessons for Legal: Inside the Cybertheft Faced by Two Large Firms

By Ricci Dipshan |

Picking apart the recent cybertheft faced by two Am Law 100 firms working on high-profile M&A matters offers lessons on how legal can avoid similar breaches in the future.

Dechert Bags Cadwalader Antitrust Team in Brussels

By Georgina Stanley |

A four-strong antitrust group is leaving Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in Brussels for Dechert. Among the defectors is local office head Alec Burnside, who joined Cadwalader from Linklaters in 2011.

Barclays Refuses Payments to KWME Staffers

By Rose Walker and Alex Berry |

King & Wood Mallesons' struggling European arm (KWME) has told all staff that they will not receive any salary payments ahead of the firm's imminent administration as its main lender, Barclays plc, will no longer authorize the payments. Quantuma has replaced AlixPartners as KUME's proposed administrator.

UK Campaign Group Crowdfunds Legal Challenge To Controversial 'State Spying' Law

By Chris Johnson |

Human rights campaign group Liberty has launched a crowdfunded legal challenge to new legislation that it claims grants the British government “indiscriminate state spying powers.”

Mina Arai-Ito

Rising Japanese Investment in Africa Prompts Law Firms to Ramp Up Africa Practices

By Anna Zhang |

Africa remains a challenging market, but Japanese companies see growing opportunity there. So do their lawyers.

Oil Drilling Gulf of Mexico.

Mexico’s Energy Reforms Mean Billions in Investment and More Work for Lawyers

By Susan Postlewaite |

Sweeping reforms in Mexico's energy sector are luring billions in investment, keeping lawyers busy.

King & Wood Mallesons.

Big Firms Raid Remnants of KWME, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

As King & Wood Mallesons' European arm continues to crumble, big firms around the world pick up some partner-level pieces; Baker McKenzie ditches its ampersand; DLA Piper heads to Chile; a former K&L Gates litigation leader starts his own firm; and other notable moves from throughout The Global 100.

Hogan Lovells sign outside the Columbia Square building where their D.C. offices are located. January 19, 2012. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Hogan Lovells Hires Latham Finance Partner in LA

By Rebecca Cohen |

Stacey Rosenberg, a debt finance transactions expert at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles for the past decade, is poised to join Hogan Lovells in the City of Angels.

Report: Firm Leaders Showing More Economic Confidence in 2017

By Nell Gluckman |

Law firm leaders showed tepid confidence that important metrics like demand and revenue would grow in 2017, according to a survey conducted by Citi Private Bank's law firm group. But there are some positive indicators.

Former US Attorney for the District of Colorado John Walsh.

Wilmer Hires Ex-Colorado US Attorney for Denver, LA Offices

By Roy Strom |

John Walsh, a former U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado, is joining Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr as a partner in the Mile-High City, where the Am Law 100 firm has built up a small but impressive office over the past three years.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields Offers Voluntary Redundancy to 180 London Secretaries

By James Booth |

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has offered voluntary redundancy to all of its London secretarial staff, in a move that affects roughly 180 individuals.

Novel Suits, Setbacks Mark Edelson's First Year in Calif.

By Ross Todd |

The small plaintiffs firm set out to disrupt privacy litigation when it launched a Bay Area office led by partner Rafey Balabanian. So far, returns are mixed.

Private Equity-Backed UK Firm Spent Million Dollars on Failed Acquisition

By Chris Johnson |

A U.K. law firm with private equity backing spent almost a million pounds attempting to buy a rival insurance practice in 2015, accounts have revealed.

Jones Day Bolsters Cyber Group, New Minneapolis Office

By Meghan Tribe |

Six months after opening an office in Minneapolis, Jones Day has hired cybersecurity, privacy and data protection partner Richard 'Rick' Martinez in the Twin Cities from Robins Kaplan, where he chaired the firm’s privacy and cybersecurity litigation group.

Trump and Divestiture: The Lawyers Weigh In

By Steven J. Harper |

As Donald Trump shatters norms underpinning American democracy, how should the legal profession respond? Not with excuses for him, that’s for sure.

Smith Gambrell Bolts on NY Boutique, Sails Into Europe

By Meredith Hobbs |

As large U.S. firms jockey to stake out a global presence, Smith Gambrell & Russell is expanding its reach with new international offices in the United Kingdom and Germany. The Atlanta-based Am Law 200 firm is also adding seven lawyers to its New York office with the impending acquisition of New York boutique Balber Pickard Maldonado & Van Der Tuin.

Tillerson Taps Wilmer for Advice on Shedding Exxon Ties

By Miriam Rozen |

Backed by a legal team from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, U.S. Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson laid out his answer this week to critics who claimed his financial ties to Exxon Mobil Corp. would create untenable conflicts of interest if he's confirmed.

Left to right: Gregory Katsas of Jones Day; Hunton & Williams' David Higbee; and Ralph Ferrara of Proskauer Rose.

Behind the Scenes, Big Law Shapes Trump Presidency

By Katelyn Polantz |

It’s not just high-profile appointees like Don McGahn II helping to shepherd in the new administration—and possibly reap benefits from a new era in Washington.

Legal Industry Outpaces US Jobs Figures for December

By Scott Flaherty |

After losing 500 jobs in November, U.S. legal sector employment rebounded in December, adding 2,000 jobs, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department.

UK Firms Brace for Insolvency Boom as Data Puts Thousands of Companies at Risk

By Chris Johnson |

Law firms in the U.K. could soon face a glut of insolvency and restructuring work, with data suggesting that thousands of companies in the travel sector are at risk of going bust.

Top Canadian Firm Scoops Up E-Discovery Shop

By Meghan Tribe |

McCarthy Tétrault, one of Canada's largest firms, announced a first-of-its-kind deal Thursday that will see it absorb Wortzmans, a leading electronic discovery shop up north.

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

Dewey Defendants Say Prosecution's Deal With Witness 'Extraordinary'

By Christine Simmons |

Two former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives facing retrial are urging a Manhattan judge for permission to cross-examine the lead witness for the prosecution about a new cooperation agreement, calling the deal "extraordinary circumstances" that directly bear on the defendants' rights.

Dentons Hires Skadden's European Competition Co-Leader

By Anna Ward |

James Venit, co-head of European competition at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Brussels, is leaving the firm for global legal giant Dentons.

Norton Rose Fulbright to Close Pittsburgh Office

By Lizzy McLellan |

Norton Rose Fulbright is closing its Pittsburgh office in the near future, the firm confirmed Thursday.

Another Busy Year for Law Firm Deals, But What's Left to Snatch Up?

By Roy Strom |

Legal consulting firms Altman Weil Inc. and Fairfax Associates have issued reports on the state of the law firm merger market in 2016. Last year may have missed out on setting a record for combinations, but it did confirm a trend: In the post-recession legal market, managing partners are more acquisitive than ever.

Ethan Skerry of Fenwick & West.

Partners Play Musical Chairs As NY Tech Scene Heats Up

By Nell Gluckman |

Fenwick & West, which recently opened an office in New York, has hired a tech and life sciences dealmaker away from Lowenstein Sandler, which in turn added a Morgan Lewis transactional partner to its tech group.

David Keenan

Orrick Attorney, Once a Juvenile Defendant, Follows Unconventional Path to Bench

By Ben Hancock |

David Keenan, who dropped out of high school after run-ins with the law, will take the bench in Seattle on Jan. 9.

Uber, DLA Piper Dealt Another Blow in Workers' Rights Battle

By Chris Johnson |

In the latest development in Uber Technologies' long-running workers' rights battle in Europe, a Swiss insurance agency has ruled that its drivers are employees for whom the company must pay social security contributions.

Securities Defense Bar Praises Trump's S&C Pick for SEC

By Christine Simmons |

Jay Clayton, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, is hardly a high-profile figure outside the Wall Street deal-making circles in which he's made his career. Unlike outgoing SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White, Clayton, a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, is not a litigator or a member of the white-collar defense bar.

DLA Piper Profits As BHS Administration Fees Near £3 Million

By Chris Johnson |

DLA Piper continues to profit from its role advising the administrators on the collapse of British high street retailer BHS, with a leaked document revealing that professional advisors racked up another million pounds in fees in less than six weeks.

Kelvin Natural Slush Co.

Ex-Sidley Associates See Slush Melt on CNBC

By Brian Baxter and Meghan Tribe |

Two former real estate associates at Sidley Austin in New York appeared Tuesday night on CNBC's "Billion Dollar Buyer," a reality TV show that sees billionaire Tilman Fertitta evaluate business proposals from small business owners. Unfortunately, the two ex-Sidley entrepreneurs behind Kelvin Natural Slush Co. didn't get a deal.

Caesars Palace on the Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, NV.

With $150M and Counting in Big Law Bills, Caesars Bankruptcy Approaches Finish Line

By Roy Strom |

Lawyers from four top Am Law 100 firms are nearing the end of the marathon—and highly lucrative—bankruptcy involving the operating arm of Caesars Entertainment Corp. After a tumultuous hearing in Chicago that briefly threatened to prolong the case, a judge set the stage for a confirmation hearing later this month.

Pillsbury Adds Hospitality Honcho as FinServ Regulation Head Departs

By Meghan Tribe |

Herrick, Feinstein hospitality chair Paul Shapses is leaving the firm amid its merger talks with Crowell & Moring for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. The latter recently saw the co-head of its financial services regulation practice leave to start his own firm in four different cities.

Headquarters of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington D.C.

Securities Defense Bar Praises Trump SEC Pick

By Christine Simmons |

In the hours after Donald Trump tapped Sullivan & Cromwell dealmaker Jay Clayton to lead the SEC, securities litigators and others said he could usher in a new era for the agency.

King & Wood Mallesons Stops Paying European Staff as Administration Looms

By Rose Walker |

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has put 100 members of staff on unpaid leave, pending redundancy, as the firm’s Europe, UK and Middle East (EUME) arm draws closer to administration.

Jenner & Block Appellate Chief Leaves Big Law to Teach and Advocate for Voting Rights

By Tony Mauro |

Paul Smith, who argued and won the historic U.S. Supreme Court gay rights case Lawrence v. Texas in 2003, is leaving his partnership at Jenner & Block to teach at Georgetown University Law Center and to litigate for voting rights and campaign reform at the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit.


Asians and Hispanics Make Small Diversity Gains in Firms

By Karen Sloan |

The percentage of minority lawyers in U.S. law firms crept up in 2016, but that progress was not across the board.

UK Law Society Chief Resigns Over Lack of Reform Progress

By Chris Johnson |

The chief executive of the Law Society, the professional body for solicitors in England and Wales, has resigned over a lack of progress in attempts to reform its governance.

Skadden Snags McDermott Trusts and Estates Pro

By Brian Baxter |

Amy Heller, a trusts and estates partner who joined McDermott Will & Emery in a high-profile lateral move in 2011, has left the firm for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. McDermott watched another private client partner leave its London office for Bryan Cave.


Big Law Ties Abound in Yoga Company Troubles

By Meghan Tribe |

A litigation dispute in California against Bikram Choudhury, the founder of so-called hot yoga, has ended with his former British lawyer being awarded control of his business empire. In New York, a startup yoga clothing company, recently filed for bankruptcy, owing thousands of dollars in legal fees to two law firms.

Former Herbert Smith Freehills Lawyer Charged With Assault in Sydney

By Anna Zhang |

A top Australian intellectual property lawyer who is a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills' Australian IP relationship firm has been charged with indecent assault, according to Australian and international media reports.

Two More Ex-Cadwalader Partners in China Find New Homes

By Anna Zhang |

Former Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft Asia managing partner Rocky Lee and Hong Kong capital markets partner Stephen Chan have located new homes in King & Wood Mallesons and Dechert, respectively, following the closing at the end of December of the New York firm's Beijing and Hong Kong offices.

Big-Name Lawyers Divulge New Year's Resolutions

By Leigh Jones |

It's time to make those New Year's resolutions, when waistbands are tight, wallets are empty and even a dry martini has lost its appeal.

Dean Martha Minow of Harvard Law School.

Harvard Dean Martha Minow to Step Down

By Karen Sloan |

She plans to return to teaching and advocacy, and will complete a book, upon leaving Harvard Law School at the end of the academic year. Minow has led the law school since 2009, when her predecessor Elena Kagan left to become solicitor general and later an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Praxair plant.

Deal Watch: Four Firms Handle Second-Largest Merger of 2016

By Meghan Tribe |

Cravath, Hengeler Mueller, Linklaters and Sullivan & Cromwell are advising on the second-largest deal of 2016: Praxair Inc.'s proposed $35.2 billion buy of industrial gas rival Linde AG.

U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

Wachtell's George Conway a Potential Trump Pick for Solicitor General

By Gina Passarella |

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz litigation partner George T. Conway III is being considered to serve as U.S. solicitor general in President-elect Donald Trump's administration, according to media reports. Conway's represented major corporate clients at Wachtell, where he's been a partner since 1994, and argued one case in the Supreme Court. On his thinking about presidential power: "In a case involving his private conduct, a president should be treated like any private citizen," Conway wrote in a 1994 op-ed challenging Bill Clinton's push to evade litigation of sexual misconduct claims. "The rule of law requires no more—and no less." Conway is married to Kellyanne Conway, who's set to become counselor to Donald Trump.

Calif. Firms Join Forces in Employee RICO Suit Against Wells Fargo

By Scott Flaherty |

Amid a flurry of lawsuits and government probes spinning out from Wells Fargo & Co.'s fake-accounts scandal, a group of California plaintiffs lawyers teamed up this week to bring a new employment suit, looking to test out an expanded set of legal theories.

Why Brock Turner’s Famous Mug Shot Is Having a Supreme Court Moment

By C. Ryan Barber |

Famed civil rights activists. Notorious gangsters and the Kennedy assassins. A former football star whose murder trial continues to transfix the country. An ex-Stanford swimmer whose six-month sentence for sexual assault drew nationwide attention.

CDI Shareholders Want Winokur, Dechert Out

By Lizzy McLellan |

Barton Winokur, the former head of Dechert and a longtime member of the board of directors at Philadelphia-based CDI Corp., is facing a public call for his resignation from the company's board by two shareholders.

Gulfstream Aerospace G-IV Gulfstream IV

Plaintiffs Firm Stuck With $1M Tax Bill After Trying to Deduct Private Jet Travel

By Amanda Bronstad |

Los Angeles-based Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack couldn't show that all the expenses it claimed for its attorneys' private jet travel had "a business purpose," the Ninth Circuit ruled.

U.S. Women’s National Team at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on July 5, 2015.

US Women's Soccer Team Ousts Ex-Big Law Leader

By Brian Baxter |

Richard Nichols, a Dallas-based lawyer who once worked at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and K&L Gates predecessor Hughes & Luce, has been let go from his role as executive director of the U.S. women's national soccer team. The move comes as the team seeks a new collective bargaining agreement.

DC's Biggest Lateral Moves of 2016

By Katelyn Polantz |

You know the government lawyers who joined the top firms in the nation’s capital last year. And you’ve probably heard about the mergers to come for some in the city. But for reflection’s sake as a hectic 2016 comes to a close, let’s revisit the lateral group moves, from one Big Law shop to another, that redesigned Washington, D.C.’s legal landscape over the past 12 months.

The Churn

Norton Rose Fulbright Heads to PNG, Plus More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Global legal giant Norton Rose Fulbright looks to new horizons; Akin Gump and Fox Rothschild reel in some new recruits; Cooley and Goodwin Procter keep growing; Weil make a high-profile antitrust hire; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

For Stay-at-Home Lawyers Keen on Pro Bono, a New Kirkland Counsel Has You Covered

By Roy Strom |

Kirkland & Ellis has hired an antitrust clearance expert by bringing on of counsel Donna Peel. The firm’s new recruit spent the past six years as executive director of the Chicago-based Pro Bono Network.

Ruden McClosky’s Chapter 11 Comes to a Close

By Lizzy McLellan |

Eggnog, the Way the Supreme Court Made It

By Tony Mauro |

Our annual publication of the U.S. Supreme Court's eggnog recipe comes with the usual admonition: It is potent stuff, not to be drunk before driving. But if you like classic eggnog, not the chemical brew that grocery stores offer, it is hard to beat.

Our Best-Read Stories of the Year

By Staff |

The list includes an assortment of signature surveys, profiles and features, including articles that went viral on social media. Enjoy them (again).

Linda Singer of Cohen Milstein, Shannon Liss-Riordan of Lichten & Liss-Riordan and Elizabeth Cabraser of Lieff Cabraser.

Plaintiffs Bar Looks to the New Year After Rocky, Lucrative 2016

By Scott Flaherty |

The plaintiffs bar bids farewell to 2016 boasting some impressive achievements, including blockbuster settlements in auto emissions litigation and other cases. But there were also notable setbacks—sometimes delivered by opposing counsel, and sometimes involving lawyers on the plaintiffs' own side.

Funniest, Saddest, Most Bizarre Careerist Posts for 2016

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

What a year. We started thinking that we would make history with the first female president—and we ended it with one that makes the Mad Men era look progressive.

Crowell & Moring offices in Washington, D.C.

Wiley Rein Practice Leader Decamps for Crowell & Moring

By Brian Baxter |

Laura Foggan, a longtime litigator at Wiley Rein and leader of the firm’s insurance appellate group, has joined Crowell & Moring as a partner in Washington, D.C. Foggan’s hire comes a few weeks after Crowell & Moring confirmed its discussions with New York’s Herrick, Feinstein about a potential merger.

Scott MacGriff with Deputy Minister of the Interior Yarmand (seated next to Mr. MacGriff) chairing a conference on Police Policy for Aghans and international colleagues

After 36 Months in Afghanistan, Ex-Partner Returns to Big Law

By Scott Flaherty |

Dickinson Wright recently welcomed back government contracts partner Scott MacGriff in Washington, D.C., from the U.S. Department of Justice, where he spent the past eight years as a lawyer in its national courts section. The post saw MacGriff spend more than three years as a Justice Department attaché in Afghanistan.

Ira Millstein, senior partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges

In Trump Era, Weil's Millstein Sees Promise for Corporate Governance

By Nell Gluckman |

Having just turned 90, Weil, Gotshal & Manges senior partner Ira Millstein discusses his decades-long fight to reform corporate boards and his new book on the topic, published this month. Millstein believes directors of companies have a responsibility to improve Americans' view of the corporations they depend upon.

Lawyers Behaving Badly 2016: Deposition Edition

By Ross Todd |

Whether it's hurling insults — or coffee — there's just something about depositions that drives lawyers and litigants to cross the line.

Oil train tank cars are pictured at the Dakota Plains Pioneer Terminal in New Town, N.D., on June 8, 2016.

Baker & Hostetler Bags Bankruptcy Role for Troubled Energy Firm

By Brian Baxter |

Two months after the SEC cracked down on the founders of Dakota Plains Holdings Inc., the midstream energy company filed for bankruptcy in Minneapolis shortly before Christmas. Dakota Plains, which is seeking a sale as part of its Chapter 11 proceedings, owes thousands of dollars to three law firms.

Harold McElhinny of Morrison & Foerster.

MoFo's McElhinny Puts Apple in the Rearview and Italy on the Horizon

By Ben Hancock |

The veteran trial lawyer, best known for leading Apple's IP case against Samsung, is retiring after four decades at Morrison & Foerster.

Top Canadian Lawyer and Family Killed in Christmas Eve Fire

By Brian Baxter |

Geoffrey Taber, a top Canadian technology lawyer and partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt in Toronto, was killed along with his immediate family in a Dec. 24 fire at a remote cottage in Ontario.

Partnership Dispute Leaves Ex-Big Law Partner Marooned on Alabama Coaching Staff

By Roy Strom |

Undefeated in college football this year, the University of Alabama Crimson Tide are the heavy favorites to repeat as national champions in January. If they succeed, Dean Altobelli, whose official title is “analyst” on head coach Nick Saban's staff, will take home his fourth championship ring since arriving in Tuscaloosa.

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

Chinese Nationals Charged With Hacking Firms to Steal M&A Info

By Mark Hamblett |

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara issued a warning Tuesday to law firms: "You are and will be targets of cyber hacking, because you have information valuable to would-be criminals."

Women Now Dominate Law School Classes. So What?

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Female lawyers are still dramatically underrepresented in the equity partner ranks.

Law Firm Litigation That Quietly Went Away in 2016

By Christine Simmons |

Large firms frequently file suit—or get sued—in all sorts of litigation, such as legal malpractice claims, bill arguments with ex-clients, partnership disputes and claims by ex-employees. While the suits make headlines at the time they are filed, often they are quietly settled or dismissed.

Are US Lawyers a Weak Link in the Fight Against Money Laundering?

By Susan Beck |

The United States trails other nations when it comes to attorneys' anti-money laundering requirements.

KWM Europe Announces Intention to Appoint Administrators

By Rose Walker |

King & Wood Mallesons’ (KWM) struggling European arm has filed an intention of notice to appoint administrators.

9 Startups Backed By Dentons' NextLaw Labs in 2016

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The global law firm's innovation arm is helping to launch a variety of new tech solutions in an effort to help mitigate legal pain points.

Jenner & Block managing partner Terry Truax takes a rest during his daily commute near the shore of Lake Michigan. Dec. 13, 2016.

Rolling Through Winter With Jenner's Top Partner

By Susan Beck |

Is that an icicle or my managing partner?

Santa thumb

Firms Give Back During the Holiday Season

By Leigh Jones |

But in the spirit of the holidays, we're giving that a rest and highlighting the good work law firms are undertaking, especially this season. Whether it's through community service or pro bono projects, the legal profession each year gives back—in a big way.

Wrongly Convicted More Frequently Seeking—and Securing—Damage Awards

By Andrew Denney |

It's a sight that has become more frequent in courthouses around the country: newly exonerated defendants, now free after years or even decades behind bars for crimes they didn't commit, joyously hugging relatives and attorneys and posing for news cameras. And it has also become more common to see those same parties back in court—this time as plaintiffs—seeking compensation for the years they've lost from the state and local governments that imprisoned them.

Lawyers for the Wealthy Await Trump's Estate Tax Plan

By Susan Beck |

Even with Donald Trump's promise to eliminate the estate tax, trusts and estates lawyers expect a "stampede" of new work.

Crowell & Moring Plays Catch-Up with NY Merger Bid

By Katelyn Polantz |

When news broke that Crowell & Moring was in talks to merge with a smaller New York firm, Herrick, Feinstein, the reaction of many in Washington was one of curiosity, but not surprise.

David Rivkin

The Better Bar Association

By Michael D. Goldhaber, The Global Lawyer |

Few think the A in ABA stands for admirable. But the I in IBA could plausibly stand for inspiring. Imagine a bar association that acts more as a progressive voice for the profession than a self-serving lobby. As the presidency of Debevoise's David Rivkin draws to a close, the IBA is speaking out on everything from global warming to judicial corruption.

Kamee Verdrager.

Mintz Levin Settles Gender Discrimination Claim by Ex-Associate

By Meghan Tribe |

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo announced on Monday that it reached a settlement agreement in a gender discrimination case filed against the firm by a former female associate.

King & Wood Mallesons.

Another Big Law Firm Stumbles

By Steven J. Harper |

The central problem afflicting most troubled law firms remains the same.

Firms Snap Up Theranos Work After Boies Schiller Exits

By Ben Hancock |

The embattled company has tapped Wilmer Cutler in a pair of investor suits. Meanwhile, CEO Elizabeth Holmes has turned to Cooley.

Tips for Law Firms' Year-End Cash Grab—And How to Avoid It

By Roy Strom |

Yes, it's late in the game for the annual year-end collections push. But that doesn't mean you should throw in the towel and give in to the eggnog.

Edelson Firm Snubs Tech Industry in 'Hamilton'-Themed Rap Video

By Roy Strom |

In a holiday party musical number for the ages, Edelson PC, known for suing the tech industry and law firms, takes aim at its foes in a 'Hamilton' parody that pulls no punches.

Atlanta Lawyer Who Led $2.54B Patent Win Had Never Tried an IP Case

By Gina Passarella |

In what at first may appear to be an oversight, there isn't a single mention of intellectual property law on the website bio of Stephanie Parker, the lawyer who led the team that achieved last week's record-breaking $2.54 billion patent infringement settlement for client Idenix Pharmaceuticals.

Cleary Snags SEC Litigation Chief Matthew Solomon in DC

By Scott Flaherty |

Solomon spent more than three years as chief litigation counsel in the SEC's Enforcement Division.

ABA Accuses Government of Reneging on Law School Loan Forgiveness

By Ross Todd |

A new suit claims the Department of Education is pulling the rug out from under public interest lawyers who were told they qualified for federal loan forgiveness.

Amar D. Sarwal, vice president and chief legal strategist at the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Why This California Case Is Driving a Wedge Between Law Firms and Clients

By Ben Hancock |

Dozens of major law firms are lining up against their corporate clients in an awkward faceoff at the California Supreme Court.

Donald Trump

Trump and the Day of the Generals

By Steven J. Harper |

Combine fake news with loss of civilian control over the military and the result is a really great movie.]

ABA Responds to Article Critical of Its Advocacy

By Linda A. Klein |

The president of the American Bar Association says that members don't sit on the sidelines, but rather are "working collaboratively every day with our diverse membership to make the ABA the world’s leading authoritative voice for liberty and justice."

Joe Conroy.

Cooley Adds Pepper, Chadbourne Partners in Play to Boost Mid-Atlantic Foothold

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cooley has grabbed groups from Chadbourne & Parke and Pepper Hamilton to bolster its life sciences and international arbitration practice on the East Coast.

The 2016 Elite Trial Lawyers

Welcome to The National Law Journal's third annual Elite Trial Lawyers report, in which we highlight 35 law firms that did some of the most creative and significant work on the plaintiffs side over the past three to five years.

Rendering of Boeing 777x.

Deal Watch: Boeing, Beer and Big Media

By Meghan Tribe and Brian Baxter |

Boeing used its in-house lawyers to clinch a $16.6 billion deal with Iran Air, as Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox seeks to consolidate its control over European broadcaster Sky, while Anheuser-Busch InBev unloads five beer brands in an effort to close on its acquisition of SABMiller.

Feds Indict Lawyers Behind Prenda Law 'Porno-Trolling' Scheme

By Scott Graham |

John Steele of Florida and Paul Hansmeier of Minnesota filmed pornographic movies and enticed people to download them illegally, according to a federal indictment, then used phony copyright infringement allegations to "extort" millions of dollars in settlements.

Column: Will Trump Make America Corrupt Again?

By Michael D. Goldhaber, The Global Lawyer |

President-elect Donald Trump once called the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act a "horrible law." Will the U.S. continue to play the role of global corporate corruption cop?

Top Partners at Kirkland & Ellis See Cuts to Equity Shares

By Susan Beck |

Two sources described the equity reallocation as a "bloodbath" for senior litigators.

David Friedman.

Longtime Trump Lawyer Gets Nod for Israel Ambassador Post

By Scott Flaherty |

The president-elect tapped David Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer, Israel hawk and founding partner of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman.

Stephen Kon, King & Wood Malleson

Former senior partner Kon resigns from KWM Europe as firms circle

King & Wood Mallesons’ (KWM) former Europe and Middle East (EUME) senior partner Stephen Kon has resigned, as multiple firms circle various parts of the embattled business.

Fried Frank Picks Up Paul Hastings' Banking Practice Head

By Brian Baxter |

V. Gerard “Jerry” Comizio, chair of the global banking practice at Paul Hastings, has joined Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson as a corporate partner in Washington, D.C. Comizio, who will head Fried Frank’s banking group, previously worked at now-defunct Thacher Proffitt & Wood.

Latham Tapped for Two 'Prepack' Energy Bankruptcies

By Meghan Tribe |

The firm is advising Stone Energy Corp. and Illinois Power Generating Co. on their recent Chapter 11 filings in Houston. Andrews Kurth Kenyon and Porter Hedges are working with Latham on both new cases, the latest so far this year as the U.S. energy industry copes with sagging oil and gas prices.

It's True: Republican Partners Give Female Associates Smaller Bonuses

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

If you're worried about gender equality in Big Law, perhaps you should discreetly inquire about your boss's political sympathies.

Katherine Goldstein

SDNY Securities Fraud Chief Heads to Milbank

By Scott Flaherty |

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy on Thursday became the latest law firm to snag a departing federal prosecutor in New York, hiring Katherine Goldstein, who’s stepping down next month as head of the securities fraud unit in the Southern District U.S. attorney’s office.

Mining in Congo.

Will Corporate Responsibility Continue Under Trump?

By Michael D. Goldhaber, The Global Lawyer |

Tucked into the Dodd-Frank Act was a transparency revolution. What will Trump's rollback mean for American policy on "conflict minerals" and "Publish What You Pay"? This is the first in a series of three Global Lawyer columns on anticorruption under Trump.

In London, the houses of Parliament on the river Thames

18,000 Legal, Accounting Jobs At Risk As EU Targets Key London Finance Business

By Chris Johnson |

The European Union is to make a renewed attempt to wrench euro-denominated clearing business from London to the eurozone in a move that could cost tens of thousands of jobs in the U.K. capital.

Burford Capital New York Office.

With Burford-Gerchen Deal, Litigation Finance Comes of Age

By Ben Hancock and Roy Strom |

Observers greeted the announcement that Burford Capital Ltd. would buy rival Gerchen Keller as a sign that the nascent litigation finance industry is maturing.

Latham Associate Moonlights as Opera Singer

By Meghan Tribe |

Marie-Joe Abi-Nassif, a trained opera singer and first-year associate at Latham & Watkins, will be performing Friday at New York's Carnegie Hall. She spoke with The American Lawyer about balancing her musical ambitions with her fulltime job as an M&A lawyer.

Warren Gorrell, Jr., of then Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells), at work in his office. May 18, 2007.

Hogan Lovells' Gorrell to Finally Ride Into the Sunset

By Katelyn Polantz |

J. Warren Gorrell Jr., a longtime leader at Hogan Lovells until stepping aside two years ago, is preparing to retire at 62. He will remain chairman emeritus at the Global 100 firm he helped form through a transatlantic merger in 2010.

Burford CEO Chris Bogart

Burford Shakes Up Litigation Finance World in $160M Gerchen Keller Buy

By Roy Strom |

The deal combines the two largest litigation finance firms in a young but fast-growing industry.

US Firms Dominate 2016 Global Capital Markets Rankings

By Chris Johnson |

U.S. law firms have dominated global capital markets work in 2016, according to Bloomberg’s preliminary legal adviser report.

Quinn Emanuel Bulks Up Antitrust Practice in Brussels

By Nell Gluckman |

Trevor Soames, who previously practiced at Howrey and Shearman & Sterling, joined the litigation powerhouse Tuesday. The antitrust lawyer had started his own boutique in November.

Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf testifies before the Senate Banking Committee, addressing the scandal relating to the bank's opening of fake bank accounts without customer knowledge, on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

Wells Fargo Scandal Spins Off Work to Web of Law Firms

By Ross Todd and Ben Hancock |

Lawyers at Shearman & Sterling, Munger, Tolles & Olson and Williams & Connolly are among those tapped by the bank and its executives to defend government investigations and class action suits.

Dentons Bows Out of KWM Europe Sweepstakes

By Rose Walker |

Dentons is no longer talking to King & Wood Mallesons' European management about a potential deal to take over its distressed European and Middle East business. Dentons was revealed as being interested in KWM Europe a fortnight ago.


Facing a Data Breach Suit Without the Data Breach? ‘Scary.’

By Roy Strom |

A suit by data privacy lawyer Jay Edelson seeks to hold Chicago's Johnson & Bell liable for lax security measures even though the firm never suffered a data breach. Lawyers are skeptical the case has a leg to stand on—but fearful if it does.

Angela Styles.

Crowell & Moring and Herrick, Feinstein in Tie-Up Talks

By Christine Simmons |

Washington, D.C.-based Crowell & Moring and New York-based Herrick Feinstein have signed a term sheet as part of advanced merger talks, sources said Tuesday. The proposed union would create a 570-lawyer firm with $478 million in gross revenue, while significantly boosting Crowell & Moring's position in the New York market.

Susman's Santa: Bonuses Up to $140K and Designer Canapés!

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Houston-based Susman Godfrey doesn't do things in understated ways—not in the way it throws a party or the way it pays its associates.

Citi Report Claims Growth Will Remain Slow in 2017

By Nell Gluckman |

The legal industry can expect to see low single-digit growth in revenue and profitability next year, just as it did in 2016, according to a report by Citi Private Bank’s law firm group and Hildebrandt Consulting. Volatility in the market and stagnant demand for law firm services will help top firms continue to pull away from the rest of the pack.

Donald Trump

Who Will Head the PTO Under Trump?

By Scott Graham |

The president-elect will meet with tech leaders this week, but some anticipate he'll look to pharma for an IP chief who supports strong patent rights.

Womble Carlyle Takes Lead for Bankrupt Digital Sports Network

By Meghan Tribe |

After a tumultuous 2016, New York-based Scout Media Inc. filed for bankruptcy in the Big Apple last week, owing $356,800 to Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and $150,000 to Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman. The debtor has hired Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice to advise it in Chapter 11 proceedings.

Central district federal courthouse, located at 350 West 1st St., Los Angeles, California.

Financier's Family Taps Cadwalader in $3B 'Wolf of Wall Street' Money Laundering Case

By Amanda Bronstad |

The family members of a Malaysian financier at the center a $3.5 billion money laundering case involving the film "The Wolf of Wall Street" have asked to intervene in hopes of asserting a claim over several high-priced hotels and condos in New York and California, a Bombardier jet and music royalties.

Jennifer Scullion.

Seeger Weiss Looks to Big Law for Newest Partner

By Scott Flaherty |

Plaintiffs firm Seeger Weiss has added yet another former corporate lawyer to its partner ranks in litigator Jennifer Scullion.

Jonathan Davis.

Cravath Loses New York M&A Pro to Kirkland

By Susan Beck |

The move is the second blow to Cravath's M&A group this year.

Sept. 11, 2001, the twin towers of the World Trade Center burn behind the Empire State Building in New York.

Big Law Lobbying Efforts Fail to Kill 9/11 Litigation Against Saudi Arabia

By Michael D. Goldhaber, The Global Lawyer |

Efforts to pare back the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act have fallen short despite a gusher of cash from Saudi Arabian coffers to lobbyists from DLA Piper and Hogan Lovells.

U.K.'s Largest Companies Expect Market To Deteriorate In 2017

By Chris Johnson |

A major report on boardroom confidence has revealed that the U.K.'s largest public companies are overwhelmingly downbeat on the country's economic outlook for 2017.

Law Firms Struggle With Lateral Partner Due Diligence, Report Finds

By Rebecca Cohen |

Lateral hiring is said to be critical to many firms' strategies, but 30 percent of laterals deliver less than half their expected book of business in their first year at the new firm, with another 21 percent delivering three-quarters or less, an ALM Intelligence report found.

Williams & Connolly Sues Washington Metro for $50M After Falling Pole Hits Associate

By Katelyn Polantz |

A Williams & Connolly partner is representing the associate, who says he can no longer do legal work because of the incident.


Deal Watch: Three Firms Help Putin Score With Rosneft Sale

By Meghan Tribe |

A look at the Global 100 firms behind the latest batch of billion-dollar deals, including the Kremlin's $11.3 billion sale of a 19.5 percent stake in Russian oil giant Rosneft to global commodities giant Glencore and Qatar's sovereign wealth fund. Cleary Gottlieb, Linklaters and White & Case have landed roles on that sanctions-busting transaction.

American Bar Association offices in Washington, D.C.

The ABA Raises the Wrong Bar

By Steven J. Harper |

Once again, the ABA has demonstrated its inability to deal with the biggest problem confronting legal education.

Winston & Strawn Enters Fray of Those Pursuing KWM Europe

By Rose Walker |

The struggling European arm of King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) is weighing "a number" of offers for parts of the business. The move comes amid talk of a pre-packaged administration for the branch of the firm, formerly known as SJ Berwin.


Chicago's Johnson & Bell First US Firm Publicly Named in Data Security Class Action

By Roy Strom |

In the first public data security class action complaint against a U.S. law firm, Chicago-based Johnson & Bell was named in a lawsuit that says the firm failed to protect confidential client information.

Jonathan Judge, Schiff Hardin

Schiff Hardin Data Whiz Who Revolutionized Baseball Stats Turns to Driverless Cars

By Roy Strom |

Jonathan Judge, a litigation partner at Schiff Hardin in Chicago, carved out an interesting side career as a baseball statistician, with some calling him to the next Nate Silver. Now, like Silver’s switch from baseball to politics, he’s setting his sights on a new industry.

European Union and British Union Jack flag flying in front of the Bank of England as symbols of the financial repercussions of the Brexit EU referendum

Leaked Magic Circle Document Shows Banks Want 5-Year Brexit Transition

By Chris Johnson |

A leaked document produced by Magic Circle law firms Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters has revealed that the U.K. finance industry wants the British government to allow it to remain subject to European Union laws for up to five years after Brexit.

Brexit Vote Lawyer “Confident” Of Supreme Court Victory

By Chris Johnson |

One of the lead lawyers in the historic legal challenge over whether the U.K. prime minister has the power to start Brexit has told The American Lawyer that he is “confident” an earlier ruling demanding the process be subject to a parliamentary vote will be upheld.

Big Law's Naughty Dad? Tiffany at Harvard Law? This Is Not Fake News

By Vivia Chen, The Careerist |

Folks, I can't make this stuff up.

Andrew Ceresney.

SEC Enforcement Director Andrew Ceresney to Leave Agency

By Emily Zulz |

Andrew Ceresney, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement director, will leave the agency by the end of the year, the SEC said Thursday.

Kasowitz Wins One for Marine Who Tried to Save His Comrades in Afghanistan

By Jenna Greene |

Jason Brezler tried to do the right thing. The U.S. Marine Corps major warned his comrades in Afghanistan of a possible attack, but in his haste to do so, he sent a classified document from his personal email account. That got Brezler booted from the Marines.

Pryor Cashman Can't Shake Malpractice Suit Over Stock Deal, Appeals Court Rules

By Jason Grant |

The New York-based law firm Pryor Cashman can't avoid a malpractice lawsuit by relying on language in an assignment-of-rights agreement that the firm itself drafted for the client.

Aluyah Imoisili, Greenberg Gross

Greenberg Gross to Exceed Cravath Bonuses Amid Other Changes

By Gina Passarella |

Greenberg Gross, a 17-lawyer firm launched in 2013, has announced it will pay its associates bonuses in excess of the level set by Cravath. But just how much remains unclear.

King & Wood Mallesons Europe Heading Towards Pre-Pack Administration

By Chris Johnson |

The situation at King & Wood Mallesons is coming to a head. Sources at the firm say that its beleaguered European arm is heading for a pre-packaged administration, the U.K. equivalent of bankruptcy, with negotiations already at an advanced stage. An announcement should occur in the second half of next week.

Bankrupt SoCal Power Plant Owes Big Money to Big Law

By Meghan Tribe |

La Paloma Generating Co. LLC, a natural gas-fired power plant in Southern California struggling with increased competition from the renewable energy sector, filed for bankruptcy this week in Delaware. The company owes nearly $200,000 to three Am Law 100 firms.

Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jackson Lewis Absorbs Seven-Lawyer Cincinnati Firm

By Scott Flaherty |

The national labor and employment giant has expanded again by bolting on Cincinnati's Denlinger, Rosenthal & Greenberg. Jackson Lewis' addition of the smaller firm marks the latest merger move in what has been a particularly busy close to the year.

Sydney, Australia

Dentons Completes Australian Union

By Rose Walker |

Dentons formally completed its tie-up with Australia's Gadens on Monday—more than a year after partners first approved the deal.

Neel Chatterjee outside of the White House on Nov. 16 with Orrick associates Amisha Patel, Dina Rezvani and Cory Lankford.

Postelection, Orrick Litigator Vows to 'Stick It to the Man'

By Leigh Jones |

IP litigation hotshot Neel Chatterjee is only half-joking.

Robert Giuffra of Sullivan & Cromwell.

Sullivan & Cromwell's Giuffra Steps in for Fiat Chrysler in Emissions Suit

By Ben Hancock |

Hit with accusations that it cheated U.S. emission rules, the company has turned to a lawyer familiar with the issue—Volkswagen's lead attorney, Robert Giuffra Jr., a leader of Sullivan & Cromwell's litigation group.

Mark Soundy

Goodwin Procter Grabs Shearman & Sterling UK Duo

By Rose Walker |

Former Shearman & Sterling private equity partner partner Mark Soundy and tax partner Sarah Priestley have resurfaced at Goodwin Procter. Soundy is joining the Boston-based firm next week, with Priestley poised to join him at Goodwin Procter in January.

Mark Hastings

Quinn Emanuel Adds London Fraud Litigator

By James Booth |

Mark Hastings, head of civil fraud at British firm Addleshaw Goddard, is leaving the firm to become a partner in the disputes practice at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in London.

10 Most Underrated Law Schools in America

By Vivia Chen |

News flash: A number of not-so-highly ranked schools managed to get a high percentage (70 percent or more) of their graduates into full-time jobs that require JDs or are JD-advantaged.

IPO Funds Continue to Fuel Massive Growth at Publicly Listed UK Firm

By Chris Johnson |

The U.K.'s first publicly listed law firm continues to power ahead, with Gateley announcing that its revenue increased 19 percent and its pre-tax profit soared 44 percent in the first half of the current fiscal year.

Curtis Jackson, 50 Cent.

Rapper 50 Cent Gets $14.5 Million in Malpractice Settlement

By Nell Gluckman |

The rapper, actor and businessman known as 50 Cent claimed that his former lawyers from Garvey Schubert Barer had failed to adequately represent him in an arbitration with a company that was set to market a line of headphones.

Alston & Bird's Bob Dole. Photo by: Michael Whetstine. Photo July 19, 2005.

Alston & Bird Central to Trump's Taiwanese Phone Call

By Michael D. Goldhaber, The Global Lawyer |

Former senator and Alston & Bird special counsel Bob Dole told The Wall Street Journal that he and his firm helped to arrange the president-elect's taboo-breaking telephone call on Friday with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. "It's fair to say that we may have had some influence," Dole told the paper.

Comet Ping Pong in Washington, D.C.

After Shooting, Lawyer's Fake Twitter Account Presses 'Pizzagate' Conspiracy

By Roy Strom |

Do lawyers have a special responsibility not to perpetuate fake news?

Simpson Thacher Antitrust Head Joins Weil

By Nell Gluckman |

Kevin Arquit, head of the antitrust group at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, is poised to leave the firm for Weil, Gotshal & Manges on Jan. 1, 2017. Arquit, a former general counsel of the Federal Trade Commission and director of its Bureau of Competition, joined Simpson Thacher in 2002 from Clifford Chance.

UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre

Weil Helps UFC Fighters Unify Against New Octagon Owners

By Brian Baxter |

James Quinn, a veteran litigator at Weil and longtime legal advocate for professional athletes, is representing a group of Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters that have formed a trade association to negotiate better terms with management of the mixed martial arts promotion company, which was sold for $4 billion in July.

Graduate Sues Oxford University For Preventing Him From Becoming A Lawyer

By Chris Johnson |

An Oxford graduate is suing the prestigious university for 1 million pounds ($1.27 million), claiming that its “appallingly bad” teaching prevented him from having a successful career as a lawyer.

Mark Lanier.

Mark Lanier on Billion-Dollar Verdicts and the Trump Effect


After his latest trial win against Johnson & Johnson, Houston's Mark Lanier says he has as much as $13 billion in verdicts under his belt. But who's counting?

Nicholas D. Walrath

Durie Tangri Associate Believed Dead in Oakland Fire, Firm Says

By Ben Hancock |

Nicholas Walrath, a 2013 graduate of New York University School of Law, joined the firm in October.

National Labor and Employment Firm Starts Pay Equity Practice

By Meghan Tribe |

Fisher & Phillips, an Atlanta-based labor and employment firm, announced Monday the formation of a pay equity group that seeks to assist clients in what some experts predict could be an active area of litigation in 2017.

Law Firms Earn Top Marks for LGBT Equality

By Nell Gluckman |

More law firms than any other type of industry earned perfect scores on the Human Rights Campaign's survey of how employers treat their LGBT workforce.

Op-Ed: Today's COOs Need These Five Skills

By John C. Lamar |

As firms have evolved in size, reach and complexity, so has the demand for seasoned executives to manage the business of law.

How Law Firms Can Move Beyond Diversity Plan Hype

By Caren Ulrich Stacy |

Are these initiatives moving the needle or are they just great publicity opportunities?

Jay Edelson

Chicago's Edelson Launches RICO Suit Against Serial Class Action Objector

By Roy Strom |

The lawsuit claims that The Bandas Law Firm extracts "nuisance payments" by filing frivolous motions to hold up class-action settlements.

Left to right: William Bogot and Joshua Horn Fox Rothchild

Big Law Feeling Freer to Advertise Medical Pot Practices

By Lizzy McLellan |

More large law firms are spreading the word about their medical cannabis practice capabilities as ethics rule changes and state legislation whittle down the amount of risk involved in providing that guidance. And they are hoping for a big payday.

In San Francisco republican candidate Jeb Bush addresses Thumbtack employees and later caught an Uber car.

Buchanan Ingersoll Forms Alliance With Jeb Bush

By Gina Passarella |

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has formed an affiliation with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his consulting firm Jeb Bush & Associates, the firms announced Monday.

DLA, Reed Smith Among Top 20 Firms Rated By Clients For Service

By Chris Johnson |

Allen & Overy, DLA Piper, Norton Rose Fulbright and Reed Smith are among a group of 20 law firms rated by clients as providing the best level of overall service.

Deal Watch: Jones Day Helps Ink $4.3B Deal for Air Filtration Client

By Meghan Tribe |

In an otherwise slow week for mergers and acquisitions, one company made the biggest deal in its history.

Could 2016 Break Law Firm Merger Record?

By Nell Gluckman |

With a month left to go, legal consultants say 2016 could approach last year's record for law firm combinations.

Elite Law Firms Increasingly Suing Clients to Collect Fees

By Christine Simmons |

In an era when demand for legal services is softening, the country's largest firms are increasingly going to courts and arbitration against their former clients to collect fees in what consultants say is the "new normal."

Johnson & Johnson Hit With $1 Billion Verdict in Hip Implant Case

By Amanda Bronstad |

Johnson & Johnson lost a $1 billion verdict on Thursday in a closely watched trial over a hip implant device made by its DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. division.

Is Justice for Sale in Illinois?

By Sue Reisinger |

How State Farm's in-house counsel allegedly played a key role in an effort to influence a state Supreme Court ruling.

Johnson & Johnson Headquarters in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Johnson & Johnson Hit With $1 Billion Verdict in Hip Implant Case

By Amanda Bronstad |

Johnson & Johnson lost a $1 billion verdict on Thursday in a closely watched trial over a hip implant device made by its DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. division.

Associate Bonus Season: Method or Madness?

By Chris Johnson |

Here we go again. The annual associate bonus season is now in full swing, with a growing number of firms committing to match the scale set earlier this week by Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

The VW logo of the brand

Independent Lawyers Ask for Fees in VW Exhaust Class Action

By Amanda Bronstad |

More than 30 law firms have asked a federal judge to award them legal fees and costs associated with a $14.7 billion class action settlement with Volkswagen, most filing after an order last week that barred attorneys from submitting liens against their clients' awards.

Kelley Drye Enters Texas With Acquisition of 14-Lawyer Boutique

By Meghan Tribe |

Kelley Drye & Warren has entered the Texas market through the acquisition of a 14-lawyer environmental litigation boutique.

Are Email Addresses and Passwords From Your Firm Leaking to the Dark Web?

By Zach Warren |

Security experts tally law firm email addresses that have been compromised in third-party hacks. The results are troubling.

Alan Dershowitz Responds to Careerist Column

In an age of growing anti-Semitism around the world and on university campuses, it is insensitive to regard accusations of anti-Semitism as beating a dead horse.

Bo Cooper, Fragomen

Immigration Practices Read Tea Leaves After Trump

By Nell Gluckman |

Law firms with big immigration practices are fielding plenty of questions right now, but what comes next?

Honigman Snags Barnes & Thornburg's Corporate Practice Chair

By Roy Strom |

Leading Michigan firm Honigman has bolstered its corporate practice with addition of Tracy Larsen, while its litigation department faces a "nuanced" transition.

Alan M. Dershowitz.

The Careerist: About Dershowitz, About Begley, About Anti-Semitism

By Vivia Chen |

Alan Dershowitz takes issue with former Debevoise & Plimpton partner Louis Begley's points about discrimination against Jews—or lack thereof.

Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara at Trump Tower Wednesday

Trump to Keep Bharara as Southern District U.S. Attorney

By Mark Hamblett |

Seven years into the job, Preet Bharara is more than ready to extend his tenure as Southern District U.S. attorney.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld offices in Washington, D.C. November 10, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Akin Gump Snags Baker & McKenzie International Trade Pro in Europe

By Nell Gluckman |

Jasper Helder, the chair of Baker & McKenzie's Europe, Middle East and Americas international trade practice group, has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld's London office.

In London, the houses of Parliament on the river Thames

Why A&O Won’t Be The Only U.K. Firm To Post Record H1 Results

By Chris Johnson |

Among all the excitement of transatlantic law firm mergers and the ongoing saga at King & Wood Mallesons, news that Allen & Overy’s revenue increased by an impressive 13 percent in the first six months of the fiscal year got somewhat lost in the mix.

Three Firms Pump for Fees in Baker Hughes Fracking Deal

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Davis Polk & Wardwell, which represents Baker Hughes Inc. in its pending combination with General Electric's oil and gas business, is also advising the Houston oil field services company in forming a new pressure pumping venture with CSL Capital Management and West Street Energy Partners.

Heller Ehrman offices in Washington, D.C.

Defunct Heller Ehrman Opens Fight for Fees Before Calif. High Court

By Nell Gluckman |

Eight years after its collapse, the law firm Heller Ehrman is still battling over the legal fees earned by departed partners.

Denver, Colorado.

Kansas City's Spencer Fane Acquires 30-Lawyer Firm in Fast-Growing Denver

By Roy Strom |

The move boosts the firm's head count to about 190 lawyers and shifts its center of gravity toward the Rockies.

The Churn

Return of the Churn, Plus (Many) More Lateral Moves

By Brian Baxter |

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer and Eversheds Sutherland get a head start on the hiring front; Willkie, Proskauer and Goodwin Procter recruit from King & Wood Mallesons; Simpson Thacher and Sullivan & Cromwell dip into the lateral market; White & Case expands in Oz; and other notable additions from throughout The Global 100.

Allen & Overy posts record half-year revenues with 13% hike

By Rose Walker |

Allen & Overy has become the first magic circle firm to announce financial figures for the first half of 2016-17, posting a double-digit increase in revenues.

Justice Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (left) in a May, 2016 conversation with University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey Stone (right) moderated by First Amendment scholar Ron Collins (center.)

Judge Posner Slams 'Stupid' Decisions by Chief Justice Roberts, 'Silly' Stances by Scalia

By Tony Mauro |

In a new YouTube video, the outspoken Posner called Roberts a "terrible" manager and blasted his opinions on gay marriage and free speech at abortion clinics.

A Big Day For Big Law Mergers

By Chris Johnson |

November 29 will go down in history as a big day for Big Law, with news of no fewer than three transatlantic mergers.

Richard Crump and Glenn Legge of Holman Fenwick Willan LLP

Houston's Legge Farrow Inks Merger With Leading UK Firm

By Chris Johnson |

Texas firm Legge, Farrow, Kimmitt, McGrath & Brown will merge in January with London-based Holman Fenwick Willan, one of the U.K.'s 30 largest law firms by revenue.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown Revs Up Chicago Corporate Team With Fiat Chrysler GC

By Scott Flaherty |

Mayer Brown has bolstered its corporate and securities presence in Chicago with the hire of Marjorie Loeb from her former role as a senior vice president and general counsel of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV.

Ex-Cadwalader Partner Woolery Makes Another Sudden Exit

By Susan Beck |

James Woolery, who abruptly left his leadership post at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in early 2015 to co-found the hedge fund Hudson Executive Capital, has moved on once again.

Wells Fargo Survey Sees Revenue Growth Masking Troubling Trends

By Roy Strom |

Managing partners trying to make a case for painful cuts to their firms' head counts are facing a dilemma: Things just aren't bad enough right now.

Allen & Gledhill senior partner Lucien Wong

Top Corporate Lawyer Appointed Attorney General in Singapore

By Anna Zhang |

Singapore has appointed law firm Allen & Gledhill chairman and senior partner Lucien Wong as the next attorney general.

Dentons in Talks to Take on KWM's European Arm

By Alex Berry |

Dentons has emerged as a potential merger partner for the beleaguered European arm of King & Wood Mallesons.

As Collections Loom, Firms Seek Investors to Spread the Risk

By Nell Gluckman |

As law firms race to collect from their clients and make their budgets this year, some may be considering another option: finding investors willing to buy their uncollected billings for cold, hard cash.

Leaked Emails Show Russian Lawyers Manipulated Yukos Court Rulings

By Chris Johnson |

Lawyers for Russia’s state-controlled oil giant Rosneft manipulated court rulings in order to help it seize hundreds of millions of dollars in assets belonging to the now-defunct private oil major Yukos, the Financial Times reports.

Cravath Kicks Off Associate Bonus Season, Other Firms Follow

By Nell Gluckman |

Once again, Cravath, Swaine & Moore kicked off associate bonus season with a memo announcing its bonus scale, which was promptly posted to the legal blog Above the Law on Monday. Other firms quickly matched.

Uber Taps Cuatrecasas for Landmark EU Regulatory Case

By Rebekah Mintzer |

Uber Technologies Inc. said Monday that Cuatrecasas attorney Cani Fernandez will represent the company before the European Court of Justice in a landmark case determining how the ride-hailing service will be regulated in the EU.

Louis Begley, retired Debevoise partner and author

The Careerist: Louis Begley on Law, Anti-Semitism and Sex

By Vivia Chen |

A retired partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, Begley writes about New York's moneyed class with stinging subtlety. Here are excerpts from our meeting and a subsequent phone conversation.

U.K. Central Bank Chief Plans Secret Brexit Deal, Transition Could Take Seven Years

By Chris Johnson |

The head of the U.K.’s central bank is working on a secret deal that would see British businesses retain access to the European single market for at least two years after the country leaves the EU, according to The Sunday Times.

Beware the Ex-Mailroom Employee With Literary Aspirations

By Brian Baxter |

Chadbourne & Parke moved quickly this week to try and quiet a former mailroom employee announcing the re-release of an e-book detailing his experience at the firm nearly a decade ago.

Northwestern University School of Law professor emeritus Newton Minow

Obama Gives Top Honor to Longtime Sidley Lawyer

By Meghan Tribe |

Sidley Austin senior counsel and former Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton Minow received the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, from President Barack Obama on Nov. 22.

Simpson Thacher Helps KKR Buy Nissan Auto Parts Supplier

By Anna Zhang |

Simpson Thacher and Japan's Big Four firms advise on a rare multibillion-dollar private equity deal in the country as the U.S. buyout firm buys auto parts maker Calsonic Kansei Corp.

Stephen Susman, partner at Susman Godfrey (Photo by C2 Photography).

VIDEO Stephen Susman of Susman Godfrey: "Eat What You Kill and Speak What You Write."

By Staff |

At The American Lawyer's recent Lifetime Achievement Awards in New York City, the preeminent plaintiffs lawyer talks about the principles on which his firm is founded.

Lawyers Hear Message of Hate: 'Go Back to Your Country'

By Susan Beck |

Civil libertarians have sounded alarms over President-elect Donald Trump's calls for mass deportations of undocumented immigrants and restrictions on Muslims entering the country. But as some Big Law partners have found in some recent racist encounters, a vocal segment of America is willing to go further.

King & Wood Mallesons

KWM Europe Feels Like A Slow-Motion Car Crash

By Chris Johnson |

Watching events unfold at King & Wood Mallesons' European arm over the past few months has felt like watching a three-car pile up in slow motion.

Left to right: Christopher Zinski and Jay Williams Schiff Hardin

Former Schiff Hardin Partner Gets $20M in Medical Malpractice Case

By Meghan Tribe |

The family of Christopher Zinski, a former Schiff Hardin corporate partner felled by a stroke four years ago, has secured a $20 million settlement in a medical malpractice suit filed against Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Chicago.

Hillary Clinton speaks at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Oct. 24, 2016.

What if the Electoral College Votes for Hillary?

By Steven J. Harper |

My second open letter to President-elect Trump, who once decried this institution as "a disaster for democracy" but now calls it "genius."

Squire Patton Boggs partner Fred Nance and comedian Dave Chappelle

Squire Patton Boggs Helps Chappelle Snag $60M Netflix Deal

By Nell Gluckman |

The Cleveland-based Am Law 100 firm is advising Ohio native Dave Chappelle on his comeback tour, one that after a Saturday Night Live appearance this month has snagged the comedian a $60 million deal with Netflix Inc. for three standup specials.


VIDEO: 2016 Lifetime Achievers, on Life in the Law

By Staff |

At The American Lawyer's recent Lifetime Achievement Awards in New York City, honorees talked about the communities that shaped them, advice to young lawyers and more.

Attorney Ted Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C. August 9, 2016. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM.

VIDEO: Theodore Olson of Gibson Dunn, Advice to New Lawyers

By Staff |

In his acceptance speech at The American Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Awards in New York City, the star litigator says he was wise to listen to legal secretaries, who often knew more about the nuts and bolt of lawyering than lawyers did.

Partnership Expert: KWM Clawback 'Practically Impossible'

By Chris Johnson |

A leading expert in partnership law has dismissed the possibility of partners at King & Wood Mallesons’ European arm having to repay two years’ worth of profits if they refuse the offer of a financial bailout from the firm’s Chinese partnership.

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Debevoise Takes Pro Bono Role on Big Apple Circus Bankruptcy

By Nell Gluckman |

After nearly four decades in operation, The Big Apple Circus Ltd. filed for bankruptcy Sunday, with Debevoise & Plimpton serving as lead counsel to the Brooklyn, New York-based nonprofit on its Chapter 11 case.

Francis Milone of Morgan Lewis (Photo by Adam Jones).

VIDEO: Morgan Lewis' Milone Says Kids Need More "Tailwinds"

By Staff |

In receiving The American Lawyer's Law Firm Distinguished Leader Award, Francis Milone says he got a hand up in life from strong community institutions that today don't work together well for immigrants and the poor.

Paul Rawlinson

Baker & McKenzie's Chair on Heading a Global Firm in a Protectionist Era

By Roy Strom |

With President-elect Donald Trump promising to "rip up" free trade agreements, the U.K.'s Brexit vote and nationalist movements gaining ground in other European countries, Baker & McKenzie's new chair is leading a firm known for cross-border dealmaking as protectionist rhetoric threatens to scuttle international cooperation and trade.

Brexit fall

Another Twist In Historic Brexit Legal Battle

By Chris Johnson |

The U.K.’s Brexit future has become even less clear after the Supreme Court ruled that the Scottish and Welsh governments can join a historic legal battle over the country’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Deal Watch: Six Firms Advise as Antitrust Eyes Await DFS Merger

By Meghan Tribe |

Cooley, Davis Polk, Orrick, Ropes & Gray, Wilson Sonsini and ZwillGen are advising on a long-awaited combination between leading daily fantasy sports providers DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc. A dozen big firms have also grabbed roles on notable deals in the cosmetics, energy and health care space.

William Weld, Former Massachusetts Governor (Wikimedia).

Bill Weld Discusses Return to Mintz Levin After Tough Campaign

By Scott Flaherty |

After nearly six months on the campaign trail, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld has resumed working at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo in Boston. Weld took a leave of absence this summer after being tapped by former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson to join him on the Libertarian Party ticket for president.

Evan Davis, senior counsel at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP (Photo by Oliver Parini).

VIDEO: Evan Davis of Cleary Gottlieb on High Expectations

By Staff |

In his acceptance speech at The American Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Awards in New York City, Davis says the high expectations of family, friends and colleagues were keys to overcoming adversity.

UK Court Ruling Increases Liability Exposure of Litigation Funders

By Susan Beck |

On Friday the English Court of Appeal issued a landmark ruling affecting litigation funders who financed an unsuccessful $1.6 billion case against two U.S. oil companies. The court ruled that the funders, under the U.K.’s “loser pays” rule, could be forced to pay more than $24.7 million in legal costs for defendants in the case.

U.S. Senator, Jeff Sessions, Alabama.

Law Firms That Could Be Big Winners in a Sessions DOJ

By Katelyn Polantz |

With the Trump transition team's selection of Sen. Jeff Sessions as the next attorney general, several Washington law firms—especially those with conservative leaning white-collar lawyers and lobbyists—could benefit from ties to the Alabama Republican.

In Wake of Election, Wilmer's Bill Lee Reveals Troubling Incident

By Susan Beck |

At a time of political upheaval and uncertainty over the future of civil rights in this country, William Lee, a longtime partner and former co-leader at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, has a chilling story to tell.

An Innovative Approach To Law Firm Innovation

By Chris Johnson |

The legal services industry isn’t exactly known for innovation. Lawyers are inherently conservative and change averse animals, and law firms have as a result tended to be years behind other professional services businesses when it comes to areas such as technology, working practices, business development and marketing.

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Ex-Katten Partner Helms Growing Breitbart Media Juggernaut

By Brian Baxter |

Laurence Solov, a former partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman in Los Angeles, serves as president and CEO of the Breitbart News Network. Solov's friendship with the politically conservative site's late founder, Andrew Breitbart, enticed him to leave Big Law in 2008. But his former firm has continued to handle legal work for Breitbart.

Robert T. Grand

Barnes & Thornburg Latest Big Firm to Join Trump's Transition Orbit

By Meghan Tribe |

Barnes & Thornburg managing partner Robert Grand, known for his ties to Republican causes, has been named to President-elect Donald Trump's inaugural committee. Barnes & Thornburg, which is close to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, is one of many firms providing lawyers and potential appointees to the new administration.

Financial Winds Not Blowing in Chicago Firms' Favor, Survey Shows

By Roy Strom |

Demand for legal services through the third quarter dropped by 2.9 percent compared with the year prior, ranking next to last among all regions and far below the 0.3 percent growth seen nationally.

Poly Prep Country Day School

International Disputes Pro Takes Journalist Turn to Document Sex Abuse

By Roy Strom |

Lewis Baach name partner Eric Lewis got a phone call from an old friend’s sister shortly after he wrote an op-ed in The New York Times in 2013 detailing his time playing under a high school football coach who was also a serial sexual predator. It would mark the beginning of a journey into his past.

Massive US Fine Halts UK Government Bank Selloff

By Chris Johnson |

The U.K. government’s plans to offload more of its majority holding in Royal Bank of Scotland have been put on hold due to a massive impending fine from the U.S. Department of Justice.

From Big Law to Black Lives Matter

By Meghan Tribe |

Walter “Hawk” Newsome Jr., a former project manager at Wilson Elser, went on to get his law degree and now serves as head of the New York branch of activist group Black Lives Matter. After the recent election of Donald Trump to president, Newsome is now vowing to turn his organization into a Black Tea Party.

Report: Nearly 40 Percent of Law Firms Waste C-Suite Talent

By Roy Strom |

A survey released Wednesday by ALM Intelligence found 39 percent of the growing law firm executive ranks did not feel they played a pivotal role affecting the future of their firms.

business men in London

Why Having Good Lawyers Is No Longer Enough

By Chris Johnson |

It used to be that law firms seeking to win work from clients simply had to have the best lawyers or the lowest rates. Not anymore.

(l-r) Richard Wiley, Andrew McBride, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Peter Shields, and Bert Rein, pose for a photo before Justice O'Connor is to give a talk on her new book,

Wiley Rein Takes Third Hit to Telecom Practice in Two Months

By Katelyn Polantz |

Top telecommunications litigator Andrew McBride's departure from Wiley Rein for Perkins Coie this week was not the standard lateral move within Big Law. Instead, it came after a period of solitary soul-searching following a medical emergency this spring.

Citi Report: Third-Quarter Growth Slowed

By David Altuna and Gretta Rusanow |

Nine-month quarterly flash survey results from Citi Private Bank's Law Firm Group show further evidence of the continued challenges facing the legal industry. Associate salary increases have taken a toll on margins, according to Citi.

UK Faces Five-Year, $65 Billion Brexit Divorce

By Chris Johnson |

The U.K. might have to pay the European Union as much as 60 billion euros ($65 billion) in order to leave the political bloc in a process that could take longer than five years to complete, the Financial Times reports.

Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro

Plaintiffs Bar Prepares for Fallout From Trump Agenda

By Scott Flaherty |

Not everyone in the private plaintiffs bar predicts that a Trump presidency will be bad for business. But no one is expecting their jobs to get easier.

Kerrie Campbell.

Chadbourne Asks Judge to Toss Partners’ Gender Bias Suit

By Brian Baxter |

On Monday, Chadbourne & Parke filed papers asking a federal district court in Manhattan to dismiss a high-profile gender bias suit filed against the firm two months ago by litigation partner Kerrie Campbell in Washington, D.C.

Private Equity-Backed Law Firm Acquires Two Businesses

By Chris Johnson |

A London-based law firm that was established with the help of private equity funding has continued to expand by acquiring two businesses.

Brexit shattered glass

EY Report: Brexit Could Cost London 18,000 Legal, Accounting Jobs

By Chris Johnson |

A report by Ernst & Young states that London could lose 18,000 legal and accounting services jobs if the U.K. no longer has access to the single market once the country leaves the European Union. The accounting giant estimates that a loss of passporting rights for euro-denominated clearing could cost London a total of 83,000 jobs.

Reince Priebus

Trump Taps Am Law 200 Partner as Chief of Staff

By David Bario |

President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday chose Reinhold "Reince" Priebus, a partner on leave from Milwaukee-based Michael Best & Friedrich while he chairs the Republican National Committee, to serve as his chief of staff.

Donald Trump speaks during a press conference in New York.

Deal Watch: Ahead of Election, a Deluge of Huge Deals

By Meghan Tribe |

Whether or not President-elect Donald Trump will become a dealmaker or a divider in the White House remains to be seen, but the man who once wrote a book called "The Art of the Deal" could emerge as a so-called deal slayer for some huge transactions.

In Trump World, Some Firms Seek Solace in Buddhism, Others Business

By Brian Baxter |

The aftermath of Donald Trump's stunning victory in the U.S. presidential election over Hillary Clinton has left many speechless. But Big Law is finding its voice, albeit in different ways.

Factory workers at an electronics company in the production of automotive circuit system equipment in Jiangxi province in China.

After Election, US Firms Ponder Asia Business

By Nell Gluckman and Anna Zhang |

Law firms with large transactional and trade practices in Asia are waiting to see how many of President-elect Donald Trump's promises become reality.

Thurman Arnold. Courtesy Arnold & Porter.

After Merger, Arnold & Porter Seeks to Put DC 'On the Map' in New York

By Katelyn Polantz |

Arnold & Porter's merger with fellow Am Law 100 firm Kaye Scholer, announced Thursday, cuts into the traditions of Washington, D.C., as a separated legal outpost, one where the firm has been among the most prestigious for 70 years.

Joining Other Firms, Bryan Cave Asks Tech Team to Start Billing

By Roy Strom |

At a growing number of law firms, the back office is getting pushed front and center.

Indiana Tech Law School

Indiana Tech: Another Law School Lesson Ignored

By Steven J. Harper |

A law school that never should have existed bites the dust; the systemic problems remain.

There's Something Different About the Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer Merger

By Chris Johnson |

Almost all of the large scale combinations involving U.S. law firms over the past few years have been cross-border. This one is dfferent.

Arnold & Porter offices in Washington, D.C. May 27, 2016. Photo by Mike Scarcella/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer Leaders Discuss Merger

By Christine Simmons |

Leaders of Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer, which announced plans Thursday to combine on Jan. 1, 2017, talk about what bought them together. The deal is the only union between Am Law 100 firms so far in 2016.

King & Wood Mallesons global chair Stuart Fuller.

KWM Global Chief Steps Down as Troubled Firm's Partners Prepare for Meeting on Finances

By Georgina Stanley |

King & Wood Mallesons global managing partner Stuart Fuller will step down by the end of the year, prompting a rapid hunt for a successor at the struggling Global 100 firm.

Brexit fall

EU Slashes Regional Growth Forecast, Warns Post-Brexit Slump Could Become Permanent

By Chris Johnson |

The European Commission has predicted that U.K. economic growth will almost halve from 1.9 percent to just 1 percent in 2017 following the Brexit vote.

Arnold & Porter offices in Washington, D.C. May 27, 2016. Photo by Mike Scarcella/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Arnold & Porter, Kaye Scholer Agree to Combine

By Christine Simmons |

Arnold & Porter and Kaye Scholer's ongoing tie-up talks have finally been consummated, as the two firms announced Thursday morning their plans to unify on Jan. 1, 2017, into Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton walks off the stage after speaking in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Clinton conceded the presidency to Donald Trump in a phone call early Wednesday morning.

The Night the First Woman President Wasn’t

By Vivia Chen |

This is not the story I thought I would be telling.

President-elect Donald Trump pumps his fist during an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Big Law Braces for Impact After Trump Victory

By Susan Beck |

As Americans adjusted to Donald Trump's unexpected electoral victory on Wednesday, law firm leaders began to assess how the Trump era will affect their bottom lines.

Donald Trump

US Election Shock is Like Brexit All Over Again

By Chris Johnson |

A shock result following a highly divisive campaign with worrying racial undertones, stock markets crashing, currency tumbling, social media in uproar . . . anyone else getting a strong sense of deja-vu? The Dawn of Trump: It's like Brexit all over again.

Martin Shkreli

Shkreli, Katten Face Off Over Deal Advice

By Christine Simmons |

A judge will decide whether former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli can force his former lawyers at Katten Muchin Rosenman to hand over records that he claims will help show his innocence in a securities fraud case.

Per-Partner Revenue Slipped in 2015, Study Finds

By Rebecca Cohen |

Partner compensation rose 1 percent, with payouts highest on the East Coast.

Big Law Mans the Phones for National Election Protection Efforts

By Scott Flaherty, Christine Simmons, Meredith Hobbs and Roy Strom |

As Americans head to the polls on Tuesday, law firms across the country are banding together in election protection efforts, readying to staff voter hotlines during what many expect could be a more contentious Election Day than any cycle in recent memory.

Another UK Firm to Offer Free Legal Advice to Fintech Startups

By Chris Johnson |

U.K. law firms continue to position themselves in an attempt to tap into the fast-growing financial technology market, with Addleshaw Goddard the latest to announce that it will offer free legal advice to startup companies.

Super PACs, Aided by Big Law, Pump Money Into Politics

By Brian Baxter |

Which large law firms are behind the biggest super political action committees during this election cycle? Perhaps not surprisingly, Perkins Coie, a longtime legal advocate for Democratic Party causes, and Jones Day, campaign counsel for Donald Trump, are just two Am law 100 firms racking up legal bills on behalf of super PACs.

Report Shows Dip in Demand as Billing Rates Rise

By Nell Gluckman |

A report released Monday by Thomson Reuters' Peer Monitor found that law firms are raising rates in order to battle a quickening drop in demand for legal services.

Frederick Nance, a Cleveland-based regional managing partner at Squire Patton Boggs (HANDOUT).

Squire Patton Boggs Names Nance New US Chief

By Susan Beck |

Frederick Nance, a Cleveland-based regional managing partner at Squire Patton Boggs, will lead the global firm's U.S. operations.

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and New Jersey governor Chris Christie

After Bridgegate, a Christie Justice Department?

By Steven J. Harper |

The scandal enveloping Governor Chris Christie will not go away, but that doesn’t seem to bother Donald Trump.

King & Wood Mallesons, Amid Partner Exodus, Seeks White Knight for SJ Berwin

By Anna Ward and Rose Walker |

A spate of partner defections from its European arm has global legal giant King & Wood Mallesons discussing the possibility of a deal with a U.S. firm, with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius emerging as a potential suitor.

Hillary Clinton.

Emails Suggest 'Optics' Guided Legal Billing for Clinton Foundation Report

By Brian Baxter |

Two years ago The American Lawyer tried and failed to persuade the Clinton Foundation to disclose how much it had paid its lawyers at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett to conduct a review of the charity's governance and operations. Thanks to WikiLeaks, we now have some answers.

Jobs Report Shows No October Surprise for Legal Sector

By Nell Gluckman |

The legal sector lost 100 jobs in October, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor, but the industry is still on track to see overall job gains in 2016.

Kerrie Campbell, partner with Chadbourne & Parke, in Washington, D.C. September 1, 2016. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM.

Chadbourne Delivers Robust Response to Gender Bias Suit

By Brian Baxter |

Two months after the Am Law 100 firm was hit with a high-profile $100 million gender discrimination case, Chadbourne & Parke submitted its response Thursday evening to an amended complaint filed by two former female partners.

Sedgwick Wins Bid to Arbitrate Partner's Gender Bias Claims

By Ross Todd |

Traci Ribeiro "had the requisite sophistication to understand" the arbitration clause in her partnership agreement, a federal judge ruled Wednesday in the San Francisco case.

Cooley Beefs Up FinTech Team With Pillsbury Hires

By Susan Beck |

In its second lateral hiring coup this week, Cooley is adding digital currency experts Marco Santori and Patrick Murck from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.

Linklaters Partners Vote in Favor of Lockstep Reform

By James Booth |

Linklaters partners voted Thursday to approve a package of reforms to the firm's lockstep system at a partners' conference in London. The long-awaited vote will saw partners consider a range of measures intended to increase lockstep flexibility, without going as far as introducing "superpoints" to reward star performers.

Melbourne, Australia.

White & Case Poised to Open Two New Australian Offices

By Brian Baxter |

Global legal giant White & Case has confirmed plans to set up shop in Melbourne on Dec. 1 and in Sydney by early 2017 after adding three more lawyers from Herbert Smith Freehills. In September, White & Case hired 10 partners from the same firm.

Robert McDowell.

Cooley Welcomes Communications Co-Leader From Wiley Rein

By Katelyn Polantz |

Robert McDowell, a former commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission who joined Wiley Rein in 2014, has left the firm to co-lead the global communications practice at Cooley in Washington, D.C., McDowell is the latest top telecom industry partner to depart Wiley Rein in recent months.

Half-Dozen Firms Lace Up for Sports Equipment Bankruptcy

By Brian Baxter |

Performance Sports Group Ltd., maker of Bauer ice hockey gear and Easton baseball equipment, filed for bankruptcy Monday as part of a plan to sell itself for $575 million to stalking horse bidders Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. and Sagard Capital Partners LP.

Jones Day Lawyer Turned Blogger Tracks Cubs' World Series Hunt

By Roy Strom |

Brett Taylor, editor of Bleacher Nation, doesn't miss the long hours of Big Law. He's too busy figuring out what to write about Major League Baseball's Chicago Cubs.

Hogan Lovells Associate Killed in Denver Hit-and-Run

By Brian Baxter |

Karina Pulec, a 28-year-old associate at Hogan Lovells in Denver, was killed early Sunday morning after being struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run accident.


Six Firms Snag Roles on CenturyLink’s Level 3 Acquisition

By Meghan Tribe |

Willkie Farr, Wachtell, Paul Weiss, Jones Walker, Latham and Cleary Gottlieb are advising on CenturyLink’s $34 billion cash-and-stock buy of Level 3 Communications. The deal will create a combined business communications provider designed to better compete with market leaders AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc.

Baker Donelson to Merge With Baltimore's Ober Kaler

By Nell Gluckman |

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, a full-service Am Law 200 firm headquartered in Memphis, has agreed to merge with Baltimore-based Ober Kaler on Jan. 1, 2017. The two firms, which will form an 800-lawyer shop under the Baker Donelson banner, announced their combination Monday.

Will a US Law Firm Join the CMS Mega-Merger?

By Chris Johnson |

The ink has barely dried on the three-way merger agreement between British firms CMS Cameron McKenna, Nabarro and Olswang, but rumors are already circulating that an American firm may be joining the party.

Interactive: What You're Paying

Office rental prices, city by city.

Time Warner headquarters in New York City.

Deal Watch: Lobbyists Heed Call for AT&T, DFS

By Brian Baxter and Meghan Tribe |

A look at the big firms behind the latest billion-dollars deals announced within the past week, including AT&T's proposed $108.7 billion buy of Time Warner Inc. The mega-deal, which will likely receive a robust regulatory review, should be a boon to lobbyists for both companies.

Wachtell's home at the CBS Building in New York City.

Appeals Court Says Wachtell Can’t Shake Icahn Malpractice Case

By Scott Flaherty |

After earlier defeats in both state and federal court, billionaire investor Carl Icahn caught a break this week in a legal showdown with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, accompanied by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, takes questions from members of the media during a news conference on Super Tuesday primary election night in the White and Gold Ballroom at The Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

Who Might Serve as Attorney General in a Trump Presidency?

By Steven J. Harper |

Donald Trump has made remarkable claims about what his administration would do to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other political adversaries. But who would execute his orders?

Kerrie Campbell, partner with Chadbourne & Parke, in Washington, D.C. September 1, 2016. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM.

Chadbourne Hit With New Complaint—and Video—in Gender Bias Suit

By Brian Baxter |

Plaintiffs led by Chadbourne & Parke litigation partner Kerrie Campbell and former Kiev office managing partner Jaroslawa Johnson have filed an amended complaint in their $100 million gender bias suit against the firm. Proskauer is representing Chadbourne in the case, which now includes several individual partners as defendants.

Paul Weiss' Bet on Barshay Yields a New M&A Client

By Nell Gluckman |

The firm's high-profile hire from Cravath, Swaine & Moore led the legal team that advised Qualcomm Inc. on its proposed $47 billion acquisition Thursday of NXP Semiconductors NV.

Damon Vocke of Vocke Law Group

Ex-Gen Re GC Forms New Insurance Boutique

By Meghan Tribe |

Damon Vocke, a former president and general counsel at Berkshire Hathaway Inc. reinsurance subsidiary General Re Corp., said Wednesday that he would form his own boutique. Four other lawyers are joining Vocke as partners at his new firm, which will have offices in three cities.

Outgoing Paul Weiss partner Toby Myerson

Leading M&A Partner Leaves Paul Weiss to Launch Business Advisory Firm

By Nell Gluckman |

Toby Myerson is leaving after 33 years at the firm, where he helped build a corporate department that has attracted high-profile lateral partners this year from Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.